EL CENTRO –Â El Centro police officers conducted a traffic stop on a passenger driving a Honda on the evening of Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 17th Street and Villa Avenue. The officers noticed the vehicle did not have the required front license plate, according to an ECPD press release.
The officer spoke with all four occupants of the vehicle and determined the driver, Hector Longoria, a 24-year-old resident of El Centro allegedly did not have a valid driverâ€™s license, in addition to three outstanding warrants for his arrest.
The officer arrested Longoria and conducted an inventory of the items in the vehicle while preparing to impound the vehicle. According to the press release, the officer located a modified shotgun in the trunk of the Honda, the barrel had been shortened, commonly referred to a â€œsawed-off shotgunâ€.
A second occupant of the vehicle, identified as Brandon Young, a 20-year-old resident of Heber was arrested and charged on suspicion of possession of the shotgun, said the release. The remaining two passengers were interviewed and released from custody.
Young and Longoria were booked at the Imperial County jail.