“When trying to turn onto Olive Street,” Horne noted, “Garcia lost control and collided with the curb on the west side of the street,” partially disabling the vehicle so the patrol unit and a detective unit were able to block it in.
Garcia was then seen throwing a plastic bag from the vehicle and as officers approached, they discovered that Montijo’s 9-year-old son was a passenger in the back seat.
“When ordered to step away from the vehicle, Garcia used the boy as a shield and initially refused to comply with their directives,” but “Ultimately, officers were able to remove the combative Garcia and take him and Montijo into custody,” without harm to the boy.
The thrown plastic bag was found to contain several ounces of methamphetamine.
A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 5 ounces of heroin, 12 ounces of methamphetamine, a large sum of cash, and a loaded handgun. It was later discovered that the handgun was stolen during a burglary in Northern California in late February.
When Montijo’s residence was searched deputies found a small quantity of methamphetamine and an additional handgun.
Garcia was arrested for suspicion of conspiracy, felony child endangering, possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale, transportation of heroin and methamphetamine, evading arrest, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.
Montijo was arrested for suspicion of conspiracy, felony child endangering, possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale, transportation of heroin and methamphetamine, and resisting arrest.
Both were booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail in Ventura and bail set at $500,000 each.