Traffic stop leads to three arrested for weapons, drugs

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Updated: 2/19/2013 3:30 pm
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & -- After a traffic stop in South Lake Tahoe, three were arrested for suspected felonies.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department says shortly after 4pm on Feb. 18, South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Travis Cabral stopped a car driving on the wrong side of the road in a residential area off Pioneer Trail. The driver, Brian Morris, of Sacramento said he had no identification with him and gave a false date of birth when Officer Cabral checked his driver's license status. Police say there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Inside the car were two passengers, Jeremy Watkins and Michaelann Campbell, also from Sacramento. Police say Morris grew increasingly nervous as the traffic stop progressed.

Officers Jake Herminghaus and Officer Matt Morrison, with his K9 Partner, Quatro, arrived to back up Officer Cabral.

Suddenly, Morris dropped his hands out of view and began reaching under his seat. Officer Cabral says he drew his handgun and ordered Morris to show his hands, but Morris refused and continued reaching under his seat.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded handgun under Morris', seat next to 27.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Police say that an additional 5.2 grams of marijuana was found under the driver's seat and center console of the vehicle.

Morris was arrested for:
Possession of a controlled substance with a loaded firearm
Possession of a firearm with a prior violent offense
Prohibited person possessing ammunition
Concealed weapon inside a vehicle
Transporting a controlled substance
Driving while under the influence
Providing false information to a peace officer
Resisting arrest
Conspiracy to commit a felony

Both Watkins and Campbell were arrested for:
Conspiracy to commit a felony and transporting a controlled substance.

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