Anderson traffic stop leads to seizure of firearms, meth, MDMA & $16,000 cash
ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say a convicted felon was arrested after an overnight traffic stop led to the discovery of multiple handguns and rifles, along with ammunition, methamphetamine, MDMA (Ecstasy), and around $16,000 in US currency early Monday morning, Jan. 10.
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At around 3 a.m., City of Anderson police officers conducted a vehicle enforcement stop in the area of Pleasant Hills and Ballentine drives for a vehicle code violation.
While contacting the driver, later identified as Douglas Howard Pitts, 45, of Marysville, officers spotted an expandable baton within his reach and ordered the felon from the vehicle, APD has since said; adding, “However, he was reluctant to comply and acted as if he was attempting to access something near the driver’s seat of the vehicle.”
Douglas Pitts, 45, of Marysville, was arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery and seizure of multiple firearms, ammunition, methamphetamine, MDMA (Ecstasy), and around $16,000 in US currency. Anderson PD photos
After removing Pitts from his vehicle, officers handcuffed and detained him.
During a subsequent search of Pitts’ vehicle, officers located a loaded revolver in the area immediately beside the driver’s seat, as well as two additional handguns, three rifles, ammunition, methamphetamine, MDMA (Ecstasy), and approximately $16,000 in US currency.
As a convicted felon, Pitts is prohibited from possessing firearms of ammunition.
Based on their investigation and findings, Pitts was arrested and transported to the Shasta County Jail in Redding where he was booked on suspicion of possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon, possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs, possession and transportation of methamphetamine for sales, and carrying a loaded and concealed weapon within a vehicle.
Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond.
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