Two arrested in Paso Robles crackdown plead not guilty

Charges have been filed in court against some of the men arrested as part of a crackdown on alleged gang activity and other crimes in Paso Robles earlier this month.

Twenty-two people were arrested or cited during the two-day operation, authorities announced. Both juvenile and adult offenders were among those arrested. Information on the juveniles was not disclosed.

Not everyone arrested or cited was affiliated with a gang, Paso Robles police Chief Lisa Solomon said.

Benis Santillan Guerra, 21, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony possession of a dangerous weapon.

Misael Gonzalez Velazquez, 22, of San Miguel has pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and two charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm for allegedly driving his vehicle toward officers.

No charges have been filed against 25-year-old Matthew Hardy, of Paso Robles, who was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance.

Jorge Cabrerra, 20, arrested on suspicion of felony sale of a controlled substance, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.