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Meth, guns netted in routine traffic stop

A routine traffic stop, the result of a defective light on a vehicle, netted guns, crystal methamphetamine and a bundle of jewelry this morning.

According to Sunnyside Police Officer Oliver Hernandez, who made the traffic stop at about 12:30 a.m., he noticed boxes of ammunition and a knife within reach of the driver and his passenger. Upon further inspection, Hernandez said, he noticed the butt of a rifle sticking out from underneath some clothing. He also noticed that the ignition to the car was punched out.

Arresting the two Sunnyside men, who are in their mid-20s, crystallized methamphetamine was located in the main part of the car. Sunnyside Det. Jim Orth said they are still waiting for a search warrant to look into the rest of the vehicle. He added that the amount of methamphetamine found was a large quantity.

The three guns found in the car were two shotguns and a fully loaded SKS rifle, said Hernandez.

The case is still under investigation, but Orth said he believes the guns and jewelry were stolen from somewhere in the Valley. They are still investigating who may have been the target of the burglary.

Charges for the suspects are still pending.

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