Police find drugs after rally arrest

Michael Hackett, 52, was arrested at the 2017 Hollister Independence Rally. A search warrant resulted in officers finding drugs and firearms.

A joint law enforcement task force uncovered a trove of narcotics and sales material on Thursday that stemmed from an arrest made at the Hollister Independence Rally.

On Saturday, July 1, plain-clothed officers assigned to work the motorcycle rally observed Michael Hackett, 52, furnishing a substance that later tested positive for cocaine to multiple individuals.

According to a press release from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, a uniformed street team made contact with Hackett and recovered a zip-lock style bag from his person that contained the suspected narcotics. Officers arrested Hackett and booked him into the San Benito County Jail.

On, July 20 the San Benito County Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, assisted by other local task forces, served a search warrant on an El Paso Place home in Salinas. The team is a multi-agency task force comprised of members from the California Department of Justice, the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, the San Benito County Probation Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Hollister Police Department.

A search of the residence revealed around 150 grams of cannabis, scales, packaging material for sales, suspected cannabis pay-owe documents, firearms and ammunition. The press release said a significant amount of cash was found and subsequently seized pending further law enforcement research.

No subjects were arrested at the time of the search warrant service, the press release said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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