SOLEDAD — A Soledad man was arrested on nearly a dozen gun- and drug-related charges following a multi-agency search warrant operation earlier this month.

Officers from the Soledad Police Department, Salinas Valley State Prison, the Correctional Training Facility and the Department of Homeland Security served multiple search warrants Oct. 1 at about 6 a.m. in Soledad.

“The search warrants were served based upon information obtained during a lengthy investigation relating to illegal weapons, Fentanyl pills and gang activity,” police said in a news release.

Multiple firearms, including handguns — one without a serial number — and an AR-style carbine rifle with no serial number that appears to be a “ghost gun,” were recovered.

Robert Jasper Raucho, 19, was arrested for a total of 11 weapon, drug and other felony violations, including possession of stolen firearms, criminal street gang enhancements and child endangerment.

“This is an ongoing case, and additional arrests could be pending,” police said.

Anyone with further information regarding this case is asked to contact Soledad Police Detective Gomez at 831-223-5159.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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