3 men arrested on suspicion of gun possession after traffic stop

Long Beach police arrested three men on suspicion of felony firearm possession Friday evening after initially pulling them over for a license plate violation, authorities said.

Officers were conducting “proactive enforcement” near 28th Street and Pine Avenue shortly before 6 p.m., spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

The officers found two handguns and ammunition and discovered the three men in the car were legally prohibited from possessing firearms. Someone can be barred from having firearms in California for a number of reasons including outstanding warrants, previous felony convictions or temporary restraining orders.

Police said they arrested 27-year-old Willie Johnson and 37-year-old Calvin Jones on suspicion of felony possession of a firearm, prohibited possession of ammunition and participation in a criminal street gang. Police said they also arrested 31-year-old Traquies Perry on suspicion of prohibited possession of ammunition.

He was released on a $35,000 bond, but Johnson and Jones are being held on $75,000 bail, according to Dandoy. Police searched a residence but found no other firearms, she said.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.