Convicted felon caught with handgun during traffic stop
PHOTOS: Kings County Sheriff
KINGS COUNTY — A stop for a vehicle code violation led to the arrest of a previously convicted felon after a handgun was found hidden in his vehicle.
On the morning of Monday, November 18, a Kings County deputy stopped 22-year-old John Campos in the Circle K parking lot on the southeast corner of 12th Avenue and Hanford Armona Road, having witnessed a vehicle code violation while he was driving.
As he spoke with Campos, the deputy noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and conducted a search, turning up a .40 caliber Glock 27 hidden in a secret compartment in the vehicle’s dashboard. A loaded magazine was also found next to it.
Campos, whose designation as a convicted felon legally prohibits him from owning or possessing firearms, also turned out to have affiliations with the Norteno street gang.
He was ultimately arrested and booked at the Kings County Jail on multiple felony charges, with bail set at $70,000.