Sawed-off shotgun lands two Harlingen teens in trouble

Jesus Lopez // Harlingen Police Department Photo

Two teens are facing criminal charges after police officers with the Harlingen Police Department Gang Unit caught them with a sawed-off shotgun.

It all happened at a home on the 600 block of Rangerville Road late Monday night.

Investigators told Action 4 News the gang unit officers were patrolling the area due a disturbance and marijuana arrest at the same home on Sunday night.

The gang unit officers saw a group of people in the backyard and shined their spotlight.

Police allege that 18-year-old Jesus Lopez ran and hid a sawed-off shotgun next to a cinder block under the raised home.

Investigators said the officers arrested Lopez and discovered he had a small amount of a marijuana.

The officers learned that 17-year-old John Joshua Falcon lived at the home. He allegedly told officers that the gun was his.

Falcon and another teen Raul Barrera Jr. were arrested at the same home just the night before after police found a quarter-pound of marijuana there.

Both Lopez an Falcon appeared before a judge on Tuesday morning where Lopez was issued $37,500 dollars in bonds while Falcon got $27,500 in bonds.