Three Gilroy and Morgan Hill residents were arrested Wednesday evening after police found that they illegally possessed and were using prescription narcotics.
At 11:35 p.m. Wednesday Gilroy Police Officers were dispatched to the 8200 block of Arroyo Circle on a report of suspicious subjects, according to Police Sargeant Chad Gallacinao.
They located Gilroy resident David Lam, 28, and Morgan Hill residents Michael Gatch, 31, and Christopher Montarbo, 25, all who showed signs of narcotic intoxication.
During their investigation, the police located multiple prescription receipts for narcotics with other peoples’ names. They included Hydrocodon, Alprazolam and Diazepam. The three suspects were arrested at the scene.
“The abuse of prescription medications / narcotics continues to rise,” wrote Gallacinao in a press release about the police’s findings. “These medications, when used without a physician’s recommendation, could have severe adverse consequences.”
After the police officers obtained search warrants from a Santa Clara Superior Count judge, they searched a residence in the 1400 block of Amber Drive and a motel room in Morgan Hill. The owners were unaware of the suspects’ activities.
From both locations, the police seized over 500 pills of illegally possessed prescription narcotics, heroin possessed for sale, money, stolen physician prescription pads and more evidence to support the illegal sale of the narcotics.
Police are still investigating the incident and exploring possible leads. They are encouraging anyone with information regarding this incident or the sales or distribution of narcotics to contact the Department’s Anti-Crime Team at 408-846-0350 or the Unified Narcotic Task Force at 831-636-8622. Those who prefer to remain anonymous, they said, may call WeTip at 1-800-782-7463 (1-800-78- Crime).