Police: Drug deal leads to arrest of attempted murder suspect

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 8, 2013 

A man wanted for attempted murder was arrested Monday after allegedly being involved in a drug transaction, police said.

Police said officer Kris Hew observed two males conducting a hand-to-hand drug transaction while in the 500 Block of West I Street at 4a.m. Both suspects left the area in separate vehicles once the transaction was complete, police said.

Hew stopped one of the vehicles, a black 4-door sedan, and spoke with the driver, Hugo John Garay, 31, of Los Banos. Police said Garay’s driver’s license was suspended and and 66 grams of suspected methamphetamine were in his possession. Garay was placed under arrest on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Garay is being held at the John Latorraca Correctional Center pending $16,080 bail.

Officer Danny O’Day located the second vehicle, a brown Oldsmobile, and conducted vehicle stop a short distance away, police said. During the stop, O’Day recognized one of the passengers as Victor Huerta Jr., 29, of Los Banos who was wanted for an attempted murder in a February stabbing case.

On Feb. 13 the Los Banos Police Department responded to a stabbing in 900 block of Ash Street. Officers found a 33-year-old man who said he was walking to a neighborhood park with his children when he was approached by Huerta. Huerta reportedly asked the man what gang he represented and the victim replied that he was not a gang member. Huerta allegedly stabbed the man in the arm and neck, police said.

Huerta was taken into custody without incident on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains at the Los Banos Jail pending $500,000 bail.

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