Traffic Stop Leads to Stolen Handgun

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On the 25th of February 2013, at approximately 3:30 PM, Officer Tim Miears of the Hermiston Police Department, observed Benjamin E. Marquez, 19 years of age of 1650 W Sunland Ave #D7, Hermiston, operating a white Mercury sedan bearing Oregon license plate 293CUS.  Ofc. Miears knew from previous contacts Marquez’s driving status was misdemeanor suspended and he had a valid warrant for his arrest out of the Hermiston Municipal Court. 

A traffic stop was initiated in the 600 block of SE 4th Street.  Marquez was found to be in possession of a stolen .45 caliber Glock handgun (stolen in 1995 and reported to the Boardman Police Department) and trace amounts of a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine.  The vehicle Marquez was operating had stolen license plates on it.  The stolen plates were seized and later returned to the Umatilla Police Department who took the original report.

Marquez was processed at the Hermiston Police Department before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Theft in the First Degree by Receiving (firearm), Theft in the Second Degree (license plates), Driving While Suspended – Misdemeanor, and the warrant out of Hermiston Municipal Court. 

“This is a great example of a traffic stop leading to the recovery of stolen property in transit.  Mr. Marquez is quite known to this agency as this makes his 16th arrest and 55th charge,” says Chief Jason Edmiston.

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