Written by AARON CASTREJON
POMONA - A fleeing suspect was caught running from police September 7 after ditching a bag of cash and stolen handguns.
Police initially tried to make contact with the suspect in the 1600 block of Russell Place just before 5 p.m. after witnessing him drinking beer in a parked vehicle and holding a black bag. He was caught after running a short distance, loaded handguns and cash were found in the bag, Pomona Police said.
The firearms were determined stolen.
The amount of cash in the black bag was indicative of narcotics sales, Pomona Police said.
“Based on the investigation, officers armed themselves with a search warrant for the suspect's residence,” Pomona Police said in a written statement.
Items consistent with narcotics sales were located along with nearly a half pound of methamphetamine, Pomona Police said.
Pomona resident Alberto Mendoza, 34, was booked on suspicion of possession of firearms and a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales and possession of stolen firearms.
The arrest resulted from enforcement patrols with the Pomona Police Major Crimes Task Force.