Lake Charles, LA –
On October 27 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to a theft of a firearm. During the initial investigation detectives learned Gabriel A. Perez, 18, 1131 Shellie Lane #3, Moss Bluff, has possibly purchased the stolen firearm.
On October 30 detectives made contact with Perez at his residence and learned he was in possession of the stolen firearm. During a subsequent search of Perez’s room detectives located three other firearms, one of which had been reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department. Detectives also located Xanax, Clonazepam, Promethazine, Hydrocodone, along with drug paraphernalia and a large amount of U.S. currency. When detectives spoke with Perez he admitted to buying and selling narcotics. Perez also confirmed to detectives he purchased the two stolen firearms, but advised he was only aware that one of them was stolen.
Perez was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with money laundering; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS V; possession of CDS II; possession with intent to distribute CDS IV; possession of CDS IV; 2 counts of illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $162,500.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case. This investigation is a joint investigation involving CPSO Burglary & Theft, CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit, and the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T Team).