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Early morning traffic stop leads to stolen gun, arrest of convicted felon

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Marvin Mercado

CHICO, Calif. - An early-morning traffic stop ended with Chico police arresting a convicted felon who they said they found with a gun.

Marvin Mercado was arrested around 1:45 a.m. Monday.

Police said they pulled over his vehicle on the city's south side near Otterson Drive and Hegan Lane.

They said Mercado threw a loaded magazine out the window. During a search of the vehicle, they said they found a stolen handgun. As a convicted felon, Mercado is not allowed to have a gun.

Marvin Mercado

Mercado was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of a stolen property. Mercado was booked into the Butte County Jail.

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