CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) – Police responding to a reported car break-in in Chula Vista arrested a man who was found to be carrying a loaded gun and pills believed to be fentanyl.
On Jan. 30, at around 7:30 p.m., officers were called to the 300 block of Anita Street regarding a witness’ report of a man breaking into a car with a coat hanger.
Responding officers arrived to find a man matching the suspect description near the car described by the witness.
Officers detained Andrew Pequeno, a 29-year-old Chula Vista resident, for questioning. He and his wife, who was with him when officers arrived, both claimed he owned the car and he was just trying to obtain the keys from inside when officers arrived.
According to police, Pequeno’s wife produced documentation that they purchased the car from the vehicle’s registered owner; police were not able to contact the registered owner to confirm the vehicle purchase.
Police later determined Pequeno was in possession of a loaded handgun, more than 50 rounds of ammunition, and nearly 500 M30 pills that were believed to be fentanyl.
Pequeno, according to police, was prohibited by law from being in possession of firearms because he was a convicted felon.
Police said Pequeno was arrested on multiple charges related to firearm possession and narcotics possession, police said. He was not charged with anything in relation to the reported car incident.