A Santa Cruz County prosecutor said Monday that he has refiled a gang allegation against a county man arrested last spring in South County for allegedly carrying a loaded gun, participating in a gang and possessing drugs.
The charge was dismissed last week by Judge Samuel Stevens, who was filling in for Judge Timothy Volkmann, gang prosecutor Charlie Baum said.
Miki Macias, 39, was stopped after midnight on June 16 near Casserly and Wheelock roads for a vehicle code violation, sheriff's deputies said earlier.
Deputies determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance and then found approximately 0.8 grams of suspected cocaine in his pants pocket, according to Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy April Skalland. Deputies arrested him and searched his truck, finding a loaded 9 mm handgun and two high-capacity 9 mm magazines, Skalland said earlier.
Deputies said they also found gang paraphernalia associated with the Hells Angels. Macias was booked into County Jail and listed his occupation as a tattoo artist. He has bailed out.
Baum said the gang charges against Macias were dismissed after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Macias has pleaded not guilty to the other charges. His attorney, Scott Warden of Beverly Hills, declined comment.