A Jamestown man finds himself back in the city jail after police found him in possession of a loaded .40 caliber pistol and crack cocaine while responding to a domestic disturbance Tuesday.
Zaid Mendoza, 35, attempted to avoid apprehension by police officers at 1:40 p.m. by fleeing from a domestic disturbance at 633 E. Second St. Police were forced to subdue Mendoza with the use of a Taser device and he was then allegedly found in possession of the pistol, several baggies of crack cocaine and cash.
The pistol was found to have had its serial number defaced, and it is believed by police to be stolen. According to Captain Robert Samuelson, the pistol was found to contain 13 rounds of ammunition, which is in violation of the NY SAFE Act.
Pictured below are the baggies of crack cocaine found on Mendoza at the time of arrest, as well as the .40 caliber pistol containing 13 rounds of ammunition.
"As an agency, we are very glad that no one was hurt as a result of this," Samuelson said. "However, the situation involved a known drug dealer and a loaded firearm. We are very glad to have both of these off the streets."
Mendoza was taken into custody and is being charged with multiple felonies including: second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.
Mendoza is currently awaiting arraignment.
For Mendoza, this is not his first run in with the law, as he has already served time in jail with post-release supervision.
In 2008, Mendoza was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. It was later that year that he was sentenced to three years in prison with two years post-release supervision for two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was also sentenced to serve time concurrently for fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Earlier this year, Mendoza was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after JPD investigators executed a search warrant at 905 Prendergast Ave., which was the culmination of a several-monthslong investigation into the sale of crack cocaine at the location.
The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected. Anyone who may have information on the illegal possession of narcotics or guns can leave an anonymous tip on the departments anonymous tip line at 483-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.