Automatic weapons seized in north Chico traffic stop

Automatic weapons seized in north Chico traffic stop

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 7:01 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 1:17 PM

CHICO, Calif. -  A traffic stop in North Chico turned up several guns and ammunition.

Two Butte County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol Sunday when they conducted a traffic stop on a small Toyota pick-up on The Esplanade and Aspen Glen Drive.

The pick-up did not have a working license plate light.

One deputy noticed part of a rifle under clothing on the rear floorboard.

The deputies removed the men from the truck and detained them while the truck was searched.

The search turned up a 45 caliber pistol, an AK-47 rifle, an AR-15 assault rifle and loaded high capacity magazines.

Cristian Jesus Lambera Pimentel, 21, and Jorge Mardanado Castaneda, 28 both from Mexico were arrested for having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, two counts of illegally possessing an assault weapon and two counts of possession of a large capacity magazine.

Both men were booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $64,000.

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