Police find gun and drugs in car during traffic stop


One of the suspects was identified as a convicted sex offender.

Guam – A routine traffic stop for failing to stop at a stop sign led police to the discovery of a .22 caliber hand gun and drugs.

According to court documents, on July 27, police observed a vehicle failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Two occupants were seen in the vehicle and were identified as Brandon Cal Cruz and Joseph Anthony Calara, a convicted level two sex offender.

Neither men were able to produce any identification or driver’s licenses and the vehicle did not belong to either occupant, a magistrate report states.

A magistrate report says Cruz allowed police officers to search the vehicle at which time officers discovered a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson hand gun with a chambered round and six additional rounds in the magazine under the passenger’s seat. Officers also searched Calara where they found .22 caliber ammunition and a small bag of crystal methamphetamine inside of his hat.

Calara is charged with possession of a scheduled two controlled substance and possession of a firearm without a Guam Firearms identification.

The magistrate report did not list any charges for Cruz.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.