Handgun found during traffic stop in 19 year old’s vehicle

Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release

On March 13th, at 4:29 PM, a patrol officer was patrolling the area of Olive St. and Center St., and made a traffic stop on a vehicle for a moving violation.  The driver of the vehicle was contacted and the suspect, later identified as 19 year old Miguel Ortiz, was found to be a passenger sitting in the rear seat.

During a search of the vehicle, a loaded 45 caliber handgun was found concealed under the front passenger’s seat.  It was determined that Ortiz had possessed the firearm prior to being pulled over by the officer.  He was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for possession of a loaded firearm.

The driver was cited for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and released.

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