Glenn County Observer
Orland ¬ Two Orland men were arrested Thursday afternoon, March 4, on a variety of charges, including gun and drug violations.
Damien Cruz Alvarez, 20. Alvarez’s facial tattoos indicate he is affiliated with the Surenos. Both the “BOT” (“Big Orland Treces”} over his right eye and the crown with three dots under his left eye are gang tattoos.
At about 2:18 p.m., Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies contacted Damien Cruz Alvarez, 20, and Alex Parra Miranda, 27, both of Orland, as they were exiting a white GMC Yukon on Yolo Street, west of East Street, in Orland.
Alvarez was seen driving the GMC and Miranda was observed in the front passenger seat.Miranda was reportedly found to be on parole out of Colusa County and Alvarez was allegedly found to not have a valid California driver’s license.
The Orland Police Department’s K-9, Dutch, searched the vehicle and had a positive alert on it. A search of the Yukon by the deputies was conducted and a gray Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver was reportedly found in the vehicle.Miranda and Alvarez were both subsequently placed under arrest. Alvarez was reportedly found to be in possession of cocaine and a small baggie containing prescription medications.
The pair was transported and to the Glenn County Jail.
Alvarez, of 1441 Pine Street, Orland, was booked into the jail on charges alleging possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm (a felony), possession of a narcotic controlled substance (a misdemeanor), possession of controlled substances without a prescription (a misdemeanor), carrying a loaded firearm in public (a felony), possession of a firearm by a felon (a felony), driving without a license (an infraction), possession of a stolen firearm by a felon (a felony), possession of stolen property (a felony), and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person (a felony). His bail was set at $110,000.
Miranda, of 6379 County Road 16, space #42, was booked into the jail on charges alleging carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm by a felon, possession of stolen property, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person (all felonies). Bail on the preceding charges was set at $90,000, but he was also held without bail for alleged violation of parole (a felony).
In July of 2020, Miranda was convicted in Glenn County Superior Court of possession of a firearm by a felon (a felony), possession of a short-barreled shotgun (a felony), and three misdemeanors for which he was found in violation of probation.
He was sentenced to two years in state prison and probation was terminated.