Tattooed Parolee Busted with Heroin and Dagger in Live Oak

Timothy Gallegos is back in jail after a stint on parole.

Sheriff's deputies hit two birds with one stone Monday afternoon when they took both a concealed weapon and heroin off the streets of Live Oak.

At 3:04 p.m. on Labor Day, a deputy on foot patrol approached a group of five or six men at 18 Rockview Dr., many with "full-sleeve tattoos," Sheriff's Deputy April Skalland said. 

The deputy spoke with the men and asked one in particular, Timothy Gallegos, if he had any weapons on him. Gallegos divulged that he did have a knife in his right sock and that he was on parole for robbery. 

The deputy confiscated the fixed-blade knife, which Skalland said was six inches in length including a three-inch blade, and took Gallegos to Santa Cruz County Jail.

"Gallegos told the deputy that he needed the knife for self defense because people wanted to fight him," Skalland said.

During processing at the jail, Gallegos was searched and a small bag was found in the coin pocket of his shorts. Inside the bag was a tar-like substance identified as heroin, Skalland said. 

Gallegos was charged with carrying a concealed dagger and possession of heroin.

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Jane September 06, 2012 at 12:58 AM
He was approached because he has tattoos? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that he was arrested for drug and weapon possession; but if everyone with tattoos are considered suspect, more than half of the county would be questioned. I have tattoos and I would be very offended if a cop asked me if I were carrying a weapon, based upon my appearance.
Jacob Bourne September 06, 2012 at 04:01 AM
The deputy noted the fact that he had tattoos. He was on foot patrol. Deputies on foot patrol approach tons of people on the sidewalk all day. That's their job — to get to know who is in their zone. So the fact that Gallegos has tattoos had nothing to do with being approached. But the deputy did find it of note to put it in his report.
lilithadams September 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Jane - did you even have to make that comment? Please, get a clue.


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