Indian police seize 220 pounds of illegal fireworks, stolen firearms, drugs and $14,000 during traffic stop


A traffic stop in Indio led to the discovery of several illegal items, including more than 200 pounds of fireworks, stolen firearms, marijuana and $14,000.

The shutdown happened shortly after 11 a.m. on the 81-500 block of Sirocco Avenue on Thursday. Police said the arrest was related to an investigation into illegal fireworks and possession of firearms.

The department revealed that the Indio Police Street Crimes Unit (SCU) was carrying out an ongoing investigation into the suspect, a 19-year-old, who was in possession of a large amount of fireworks and firearms illegal.

SCU detectives served a search warrant at 46-600 Block of Desert Villa Street, where detectives located over 220 pounds of illegal fireworks, two stolen and/or unregistered firearms, more than half a kilogram of marijuana, 100 cartridges of vapor marijuana, and a large amount of currency, all indicative of intentional possession for sales,” reads a press release from the Indio Police Department.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the John Benoit Indio Detention Center. Police said he faces multiple felony charges.

All illegal fireworks will be turned over to CAL Fire – Office of the State Fire Marshal for investigation.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Street Crimes Unit Detective Gabriel Corona @ (760) 391-4051 or gcorona@indiopd.org or they can submit information anonymously via Crime Stoppers @ (760) 341-STOP (7867).

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