Parking violation turns up pot, guns

Sawed-off shotgun, pistol located in trunk

A local man could be facing multiple charges after a search of his vehicle turned up marijuana and firearms Monday.

Alejandro Martinez, 19, appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, court records show. But more charges may be pending.

Martinez was being held in the Yakima County Jail without bail following his arrest Tuesday night.

According to court records, Grandview police spotted Martinez and Jorge Valenzuela, 22, sitting in an illegally parked vehicle in the 700 block of Conestoga Way on Monday.

Police recognized Martinez and stopped to see why the vehicle was parked on the wrong side of the road facing traffic, engine running, records show.

Valenzuela rolled down a window as the officer approached and the odor of marijuana eminated from the vehicle, records show. The officer also spotted a smoking device between the legs of Martinez and marijuana residue in the center console.

Valenzuela told police the pot belonged to Martinez, who was then arrested, court records show. Martinez claimed he could smoke marijuana because he was home.

Police impounded the vehicle and obtained a search warrant, records show.

A search of the vehicle turned up a glass jar containing 70.5 grams of marijuana, a plastic bag containing 106. 5 grams of marijuana, two green grinders containing marijuana and unrefined rolling packs, court records show.

Those items were found inside the passenger compartment in a backpack identified as belonging to Martinez, records show.

In the trunk, police also found a sawed-off shotgun with 18 shells and a loaded .380 caliber Bersa, records show.

Valenzuela has not been charged in the case.


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