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Police: Assault Rifle, Pot Found During Murrieta Traffic Stop

Edward Michael Hernandez, 24, of Menifee, a convicted felon, was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and an illegal assault rifle, Murrieta police said.

A traffic stop in Murrieta led to the arrest of a convicted felon who was allegedly in the possession of illegal weapons and marijuana, police said today.

At about 9:35 p.m. Monday, an officer on routine patrol stopped a car near the intersection of Los Alamos Road and Monroe Avenue based on an alleged vehicle code violation, Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller said in a news release.

"During the officers’ traffic stop, he smelled an overwhelmingly strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle," Weller said.

The front passenger, identified as Edward Michael Hernandez, 24, of Menifee, allegedly admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle and handed the officer a green pill bottle containing marijuana, Weller said.

Further investigation led the officer to locate and recover two rifles inside the vehicle, one of which was an AK-47 type assault rifle, Weller said.

"The serial number to the assault rifle had been filed off and was illegible," Weller said, noting further questioning revealed Hernandez was responsible for the weapons.

The officer ran Hernandez' record, which Weller said showed a prior felony conviction.

Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault rifle, altering or removing a serial number on a rifle, and two misdemeanor active warrants, Weller said.

Hernandez was booked at Southwest Detention Center and was being held on $50,000 bail, jail records indicated.

An Oct. 11 court date was set for Hernandez.

Joey J October 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Hey "Dog".... Do you know this guy??? He works full time construction, and even weekends if he has to. His father died and he helps support his family, "without food stamps". Your comment is inaccurate "No worries...when he gets out he'll be eligible for food stamps..." Well he was bailed out the next day, and he went right back to work. No food stamps. Get your facts straight before opening up your mouth.
Joey J October 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Hey "Dog".... Do you know this guy??? He works full time construction, and even weekends if he has to. His father died and he helps support his family, "without food stamps". Your comment is inaccurate "No worries...when he gets out he'll be eligible for food stamps..." Well he was bailed out the next day, and he went right back to work. No food stamps. Get your facts straight before opening up your mouth.
Joey J October 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Censored Messenger???? What a coward.
Joey J October 12, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Its funny how MPD has many of there officers post comments of there small little busts, becuase everyone else has a life. I am pulling your covers. Worry about your own problems. Go fight some real crime
Joey J October 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
He was the passenger. Passengers do not drive... Read the article before making stupid false statements about it. " (And smoke pot while driving.) " Maybe you lack common sense and do not know what a passenger is, or you just commented on the article without even comprehending it. This shows that you lack basic details about the case, becuase of that I don't know why you are even speaking on it. Oh. PS. Marijuana is still illegal Federally, under the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. constitution, it wouldn't matter if he had a card or not. Federal law has jurisdiction over state law. Why do people with IQ's of five year old's actually post comments like yours?

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