GAONA Case Summary

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SUMMARY:
In October of 2017 Agents from the Merced Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team (M.A.G.N.E.T) began an investigation into several Westside Norteno Gang members who operate in the Dos Palos and Los Banos area. While talking to a confidential informant (CI) it was determined that Pete GAONA is an active Norteno gang member operating a tattoo shop in Los Banos. As part of my investigation in this case I looked at GAONA’s Facebook account and saw that he had posted several photographs of what I believed to be firearms. In the comments of the photographs of the rifles GAONA talks about hunting small game and admits to using his rifle(s). GAONA also posted a video of himself shooting small game through a camera on his rifle scope. I ran GAONA’s criminal history and determined he was a convicted felon and thus prohibited from owning/possessing firearms under 29800(a)(1) PC. On 12/21/2017 I authored a search warrant for GAONA’s facebook account, on the same day I presented the warrant to the Honorable Judge Ash who endorsed the warrant by way of her signature.
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As part of the investigation it was determined that Pete GAONA is an active Norteno gang member operating a tattoo shop in Los Banos. A confidential informant(CI) Provided information that several Norteno criminal street gang members are using GAONA’s tattoo shop “Nasty Tattoo” to meet and conduct gang business.
I began to look at GAONA’s facebook page and discovered he had posted approximately five photographs in May of 2016 displaying two different rifles used for the purposes of

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