Salinas Man Arrested For Possessing Handgun, Drugs and Dismembered Hawk

Police in Salinas on Friday arrested a man out on bail in connection with several crimes, including possession of a handgun, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dismembered hawk.

Raul Gonzalo Tapia, 38, was arrested on suspicion of gun, narcotic, stolen property and fish and game violations, police said.

Tapia had been out on bail for a previous weapons arrest in June.

On Friday, officers with the Salinas Police Department assisted the California Highway Patrol on a traffic stop conducted on Tapia. During a search of Tapia's vehicle, officers located a semi-automatic Glock pistol, police said.

Officers also located a loaded magazine in Tapia's pants pocket, as well as more than 16 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of cocaine.

During a subsequent search of Tapia's residence, investigators located a stolen California Department of Corrections ballistic vest and a small amount of methamphetamine, according to police.

A dismembered hawk was located in Tapia's freezer. The hawk's head had been removed from the body and wrapped in a towel along with the talons and wings, police said.

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