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Police: Couple held after guns, drugs found in SW Fresno traffic stop

A traffic stop near Almy and North avenues near West Fresno Elementary School ended in the arrest of two suspects on weapons and other charges Saturday, Fresno police said.

When officers from the Southwest Violent Crime Impact Team pulled over the vehicle, the driver, Pedro Chavez, jumped out of the car but was quickly detained. Chavez, a West Fresno Bulldog gang member, told police the unregistered car belonged to his girlfriend, Reinea Romo. Chavez was on active felony probation for narcotic sales and was driving with a suspended license, police said.

When officers searched the vehicle, they recovered a cut-down shotgun in the back seat and a loaded revolver in the trunk. They also found a garbage bag and shoe box with marijuana inside the trunk.

As Chavez was explaining that the guns must belong to his girlfriend, Romo arrived on scene. She was also on felony probation for fraud-related charges, and was detained by police. Officers recovered evidence that both are involved in mail theft and fraud, police said.

Both Chavez and Romo gave statements implicating themselves and each other, and each was booked on probation violations and multiple weapons violations, police said.

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614

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