Two Arrested after Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Firearms, Ammo, and More
Above: Guns and cash seized during search | Placer County Sheriff’s Office
A traffic stop by a deputy in Placer County led to the arrest of two individuals, one of whom was already wanted by law enforcement, and the discovery of a cache of firearms, ammunition, and body armor, according to a press release by the Sheriff’s Office.
The discovery occurred early Saturday morning when a deputy conducted a traffic stop. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Gavin Rasmussen of Auburn, and his passenger, 30-year-old Christian Harrison, were both detained while deputies searched them and the vehicle.
A search of Harrison’s person revealed a glass smoking pipe and a small plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine. Subsequent searches of the vehicle revealed a metal cylinder that appeared to be a firearm suppressor or silencer. Deputies obtained a warrant for Harrison’s motorhome, a search of which revealed an array of weapons and ammunition, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies discovered two non-serialized AR-15 rifles, a loaded non-serialized handgun, multiple loaded, and unloaded rifles and pistol caliber magazines that can hold over ten rounds, and multiple sets of rifle and pistol-rated ballistic body armor.
In addition, investigators also found ammunition and equipment used to manufacture AR-15-type lower receivers.
Harrison was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a silencer, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, possession of body armor, and additional related charges.
Rasmussen was arrested on suspicion of possession of a silencer, committing a crime while out on post-release community supervision, and other related charges.