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San Jose hot dog vendors held on weapons, drug charges

October 14, 2011 |  2:57 pm

And what would you like to go with that hot dog? Ketchup? Relish? A Smith & Wesson .357 revolver perhaps? Or a side of meth?

Two hot dog vendors were arraigned Thursday on federal weapons and drug charges after agents said the men sold guns and a quarter-pound of methamphetamine to an undercover San Jose police officer.

Jose "Chepe" Golberto Ortiz, 58, and Guillermo "El Gallo" Gonzalez Castillo, 23, were indicted earlier this month. Adding to their difficulties was the fact that neither man could even possess firearms legally.

According to the indictment, Ortiz is a convicted felon and Castillo is in the country illegally.

As reported in the San Jose Mercury News:

"Castillo sold the undercover agent an AK-47 assault rifle and more than 800 rounds of ammunition for $14,000," court documents said. "But this time, ‘El Gallo’ (Spanish for 'rooster') delivered his weapons from a baby carriage that he wheeled to the undercover officer’s car."

The two men were arrested at the hot dog stand, according to the Mercury News, and face lengthy prison terms if convicted.


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