Needles, CA: Driver arrested after being found in possession of a loaded firearm, drug paraphernalia and stolen property during a traffic stop.

Needles, CA: Driver arrested after being found in possession of a loaded firearm, drug paraphernalia and stolen property during a traffic stop.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at about 4:30am PT on Thursday, May 31st, 2018, deputies began investigating a possible dumped stolen vehicle located in a remote area near an address on Manskers Lane in Needles, California.

Throughout the investigation, it was learned that an unoccupied vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of a nearby gas station and pushed to its current location, where several items were stolen from the vehicle.

At about 9:30am PT, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving the remote area of the dumped stolen vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 47 years old Antonie Johnson from Needles, California was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and drug paraphernalia.

Several items located within Johnson’s vehicle were later confirmed to have been taken without permission from the dumped stolen vehicle.

Johnson was placed under arrest for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Stolen Property.

Johnson was transported to and booked at the Colorado River Station Jail and being held on $50,000.00 bail pending a court hearing.

The stolen vehicle and several stolen items were later released to the victim.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Clayton at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, located at 1111 Bailey Avenue, or call: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Those whishing to remain anonymous can call the We Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (927463) or leave information online at: www.wetip.com

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https://local.nixle.com/alert/6597966/

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