Wanted man arrested for illegally possessing handgun


A 18-year-old Key Largo man was arrested early Wednesday morning following a traffic stop in which a gun was found in his possession.


Samuel De Jesus Leon Gonzalez was charged with possession of a concealed firearm without a permit, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and violating the conditions of pretrial release.


Deputy Joel Torres was on patrol at approximately 3:54 a.m. near Mile Marker 101 when he saw a gray Chevrolet Camaro traveling southbound on U.S. 1. Deputy Torres recognized the car and license plate number as a vehicle associated with Leon Gonzalez based on his previous contacts with law enforcement. Deputy Torres further noted Leon Gonzalez had an active warrant for DUI and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Deputy Torres stopped the vehicle as it turned onto Samson Road.


Leon Gonzalez was the driver. There was an 18-year-old male passenger in the Camaro who was not charged.


Sgt. Orlando Alvarez and Deputy Jason Farr arrived on scene. A vape pen on the driver’s seat field tested positive for marijuana.


Leon Gonzalez was searched and a KelTec 9mm handgun was found in his pocket. There were two rounds in the magazine.


Leon Gonzalez was taken to jail.