According to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, Michael Rodriguez faces a litany of charges. These include first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second- and fourth-degree conspiracy. These are all classified as felonies.
A search warrant executed at Rodriguez’s residence uncovered substantial evidence. Over 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, $165,509 in cash, an unlicensed Ruger .380-caliber pistol, and an unlicensed .357-caliber handgun were all found.
In a statement after the arrest, DA Hoovler expressed dismay over the Rodriguez’s position in the community saying, “It is unconscionable that the Director of a respected group which has pledged to reduce gun violence and help at-risk youth would himself choose to become a major drug dealer and commit weapons offenses.”
Michael Rodriguez is currently being held without bail at the Orange County jail. He awaits his next court appearance scheduled for September 18th.