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- Monterey County sheriff's deputies said criminal gang activity is on the rise in Castroville. "That's good, I think it's awesome especially for the city of Castroville, so I think a lot of people will feel more comfortable walking around," said Mystick Image, beautician Susana Mondragon. Mondragon works in Castroville at her sister's salon and said even though her business hasn't been affected by gang violence, people are talking about the problem. Mondragon hopes more deputies will help. Mondragon has a message for kids tempted by gang life.


- Eighteen people were arrested during a three day directed enforcement period in Castroville after an increase in criminal activity by criminal street gang members, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said their efforts came as a result of criminal activity that happened over the Fourth of July weekend. Where several people were seen with weapons in hand. Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, ketamine and MDMA were taken in as evidence as well as two illegal weapons and two stolen cars, according to the Sheriff's Office.


Castroville >> Two suspects are in custody and three guns were recovered after a Fourth of July near-riot that had area police racing to Castroville and left them unable to heed many low-level holiday calls, including for illegal fireworks. It had already been a tense start to the day when just before 1:30 a.m., a Monterey County sheriff's deputy spotted a car speeding through a neighborhood, immediately followed by the sound of gunfire.


Monterey County sheriff's deputies arrested two men in Castroville Saturday night as deputies were investigating a report of people firing guns into the air. At 11:08 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the corner of Speegle and Haight streets for a report of 20 possible gang members shooting guns into the air, sheriff's officials said.

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