WATSONVILLE—The Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team (SCCACT) on Thursday arrested a 24-year-old woman at her Watsonville residence after they found several firearms, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Samantha Sanchez, 24, is on parole and is prohibited from owning either.

Sanchez is a known gang member. She was charged with several firearms offenses, and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail, where she is being held without bail, jail records show.

SCCACT agents conducted a parole compliance check of Sanchez’s residence on the 100 block of Carey Avenue at about 12:30pm, and found handguns, more than 100 rounds of ammunition and miscellaneous handgun parts. 

They also found a photograph of Sanchez in possession of a short-barrel rifle. 

Agents also found a large firearms’ safe. When opened Watsonville Police Department 

was found to contain more than $7,000 in cash and jewelry, four handguns and three rifles, one of which was the one from the photograph. 

One of the firearms found  was a “ghost gun,” agents said.  

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