SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BCN) — Police arrested a 38-year-old man suspected of possessing methamphetamine and a loaded handgun during a traffic stop Wednesday night. The Santa Rosa man was driving a black Pontiac GTO in the area of Armory Drive and Illinois Street about 7:45 p.m. when officers from the Santa Rosa Police Department Special Enforcement Team pulled him over for a vehicle code violation.

While officers were citing the driver, a police dog handler walked his K-9 partner around the car. The dog detected the odor of narcotics and officers searched the suspect and the car. They found 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a loaded 9mm handgun, which was not registered to the suspect and was not reported stolen.

The suspect was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a prior felony conviction. He was arrested and booked at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of crimes that include being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics while armed with a firearm.

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The department’s special enforcement team was developed to address the rise in illegal firearm possession and the rise in gun violence in Santa Rosa.

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