A routine traffic stop of a vehicle occupied by a convicted felon turned up a loaded rifle, a scale, packaging materials and a “moderate amount of narcotics,” Pomona police said Sunday.
Officers spotted a vehicle at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the area of Mayfair Avenue and Bolivar Street that had illegal window tint and an obstructed front windshield, the Pomona Police Department reported.
“Prior to the car coming to a stop, a handgun was thrown from the passenger’s side,” according to a police statement. “Officers were able to contact the two occupants and learned the passenger was a convicted felon currently on probation.”
Officers searched the car and found a loaded rifle, a “moderate amount of narcotics,” a scale and packaging materials, suggesting that the items were being used for illegal drug sales, police said.
Jonathan Gonzalez, 21, a documented gang member from Ontario, was arrested on suspicion of several charges that included possession of a loaded/unregistered firearm, possession of a firearm and controlled substance as well as being a gang member in possession of a loaded firearm.
Gonzalez was arrested without incident and booked at the Pomona city jail.
Pomona police urged anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at 909-620-2085.