Watsonville man arrested on gun charges

Gun's serial number had been scratched off


A convicted felon is back behind bars after Watsonville police found him with loaded revolver with its serial number defaced.

Jesus Melgoza, 36, of Watsonville was arrested after police conducted a probation search at a room at the National 9 Motel.

Police say Melgoza tried unsuccessfully to conceal the gun from officers when they entered the room.

He was booked into the Santa Cruz County jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.   

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