Searches in Whittier net 5 arrests, guns, drugs and cash

Two search warrants carried out simultaneously Thursday resulted in five arrests and the seizure of 11 weapons, including an assault rifle, methamphetamine and about $20,000 in cash, police said.
Arrested were Steven Mercado, 28, Robert Mercado, 25, Christina Mercado, 26, Laura Robles, 22, and Guillermo Espinoza, 34, Whittier police said in a written statement.
All five suspects are Whittier residents and all were booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, Whittier police Lt. Bill Webster.
Steven Mercado was also booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and Espinoza was also booked on weapons charges, Webster said.
The searches were carried out at homes in the 10700 block of Bonavista Lane and the 13600 block of Lakeland Road, officials said.
According to court records, Steven Mercado was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, Robert Mercado was being held in lieu of $136,000 bail, Christina Mercado was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, Laura Robles was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail and Guillermo Espinoza was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
The arraignment date for the suspects was not available Friday.

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  • Mike

    Great story – Great Police work and don’t stop now.
    Sure would like to see video & photos of thugs in cuffs.

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  • Anonymous

    Mike your a fucken fagot and a loser! get a life! Don’t believe everything you read you vulnerable, naive piece of shit. Everyone arrested in this story have been released and all charges have been dropped. Police corruption and propaganda is effective and widespread due to ignorant people like you who take everything at it’s face value.