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Escondido Police officer Jake Houchin said he was called to an apartment complex at 101 South Spruce Street on a report of a “suspicious person in the area.”

It was just before 10 p.m. on a Wednesday night, December 19, when the officer found David Sanchez seated on steps at the apartments there.

When the man was searched, Officer Houchin said he found almost 14 grams of methamphetamine in the front pocket of the man’s black hoodie, and keys to a silver Cadillac parked nearby. In the car, the officer found a bottle of hydrocodone pills prescribed to a different person, and a gun wedged between the driver’s seat and the center console.

The Sig Sauer pistol was loaded, the officer said. “There were eight rounds in the magazine, none in the chamber,” officer Houchin said in sworn testimony today. “He said that it was his handgun and that he purchased it from his cousin for about four hundred dollars.” Officer Houchin said a records check showed the gun was not registered with the Department of Justice.

The methamphetamine confiscated was valued at about $800, according to narcotics specialist, Detective John Mahin, who also testified in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse today.

Twenty-four-year-old David Sanchez was ordered to stand trial on three felonies, including possession of drugs for sale, transporting drugs for sale, and special gun allegations. Sanchez, who is free on bond, was ordered back to court February 25 to confirm a date for trial.

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