The CASE (Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort) Team earlier this month launched an investigation into a person who was allegedly selling a pistol on the street illegally. On March 12, 2019, the suspect attempted to sell a pistol to an undercover agent on the CASE Team.
The suspect was arrested without incident. He is identified as 25-year-old Chaz Montgomery of Antioch. During a search of his vehicle, agents found a .44 caliber revolver with ammunition. The revolver appears to have been purchased in another state before being brought into California.
Montgomery was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on numerous charges that include felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and unlicensed sale of a firearm. Montgomery was also booked for probation violation; he is being held without bail.
The CASE Team is a joint effort by the Office of the Sheriff, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pittsburg Police Department, and Probation Officers from the Contra Costa County Probation Department. CASE was created in November 2011 as a collaborative effort to reduce violent crimes in Contra Costa, especially those related to illegal firearms.