Barstow, CA: Barstow Police Department arrested local man and 2 local people cited and released last Friday afternoon inside a residence with firearms, drugs, weighing scales, and gambling machines.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: Barstow Police Department (Information)

Pictures: Barstow Police Department (Courtesy)

Barstow, California: The Barstow Police Department arrested a local man and 2 local people were cited and released on Friday July 8th, 2022 inside a residence with firearms, drugs, weighing scales, and gambling machines.

According to the Barstow Police Department, at approximately 8:52 a.m. PT on Monday, June 27th, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Sunset Street regarding a domestic disturbance. The caller stated that her ex-boyfriend physically assaulted her and was currently at the residence.

When Officers arrived on scene, they were unable to locate the suspect but identified him as Justin Gates, a 41-year-old resident of Barstow.

At approximately 12:07 p.m. PT on Friday July 8th, 2022, officers conducted a follow-up investigation on the 1800 block of Sunset Street in an attempt to locate Gates, regarding the domestic violence incident.

Officers searched the residence for Gates, locating him inside. While taking Gates into custody officers observed a large amount of methamphetamine on a dresser inside a bedroom. Officers then secured the residence and obtained a search warrant.

As officers searched the residence, they located 4 firearms, 229 grams of methamphetamine, 17 grams of fentanyl, 3 weighing scales and two gambling machines.

Further investigation revealed, two additional subjects inside the residence, Gloria Verdugo, a 28-year-old resident of Barstow and Larry Enriquez, a 42-year-old resident of Barstow.

Verdugo was found to be in possession of fentanyl, and was taken into custody.

Enriquez was found to have two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody.

Justin Gates was booked at the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for PC 273.5 – Inflicting Corporal Injury to a Spouse/Cohabitant, PC 29800(a)(1) -Felon in Possession of a Firearm, PC 30305(a)(1) – Felon in Possession of Ammunition, HS 11378 – Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, HS 11351- Possession of Fentanyl for Sale, HS 11370 – Possession of a Controlled Substance while Armed and PC 337 A.1 – Pool Selling/Bookmaking.

Gloria Verdugo was in housed booked and cite released from the Barstow Police Department on HS 11350 – Possession of Fentanyl.

Larry Enriquez was cite released from the Barstow Police Department for two misdemeanor warrants.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Officer Steven Rodriguez at (760) 256-2211 or at

Those who wish to remain anonymous may also provide information regarding this case by calling the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-79-CRIME (27469) or by going to

Great work to the Barstow Police Department.


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