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Traffic stop leads to felon in possession of a firearm
September 12, 2018
NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, September 6 at 11:16 p.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff's Station deputy conducted a traffic stop on West Needles Hwy and North K. Street in Needles for an equipment violation. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Ricky Andrews (age 31 of Needles).
Andrews was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed under arrest.
Deputy Wagner located Andrews’ backpack and found it matched a backpack reported stolen from a burglary that occurred on August 28. Inside the backpack was a handgun, ammunition and other items that lead the deputy to a residence on Highland Avenue where he discovered the garage had been burglarized several hours earlier.
A records check showed Andrews had felony convictions in the states of Nevada and Colorado and was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
Ricky Andrews was transported and booked into the Needles Jail for a felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition and two counts of burglary. Andrews is being held pending a court hearing with a $150,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Wagner or Detective Tim Preston at the Colorado River station at (760)326-9200.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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