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A loaded firearm found during a traffic stop

May 14, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, May 12 at 11:11 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/ Needles Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 300 block of D Street in Needles. One of the passengers in the vehicle was identified as Enrique Lovato (age 35 a transient of Needles).

Lovato had a no bail warrant for his arrest for violation of Community Supervised Release. During the investigation, deputies located a loaded .22 Caliber semi-automatic pistol in his possession as well as a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine.

Lovato was interviewed and subsequently arrested. Lovato was booked into the Needles jail on a no bail warrant and additional charges.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Hernandez or Deputy Ramirez at (760)326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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