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.
Last night, @LBPDWest DET arrested 3 suspects in illegal possession of firearms. 2 handguns & ammunition were confiscated. Initial investigation revealed all suspects were prohibited possessors & booked on multiple felony charges. 🚓#LBPD #LBPDSafety #NotOnOurWatch pic.twitter.com/8Wk1MWDCvU
— Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) May 25, 2019
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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