Fresno Police arrest gang member with loaded firearm during traffic stop

Officers arrest gang member with loaded firearm and high capacity magazine during traffic stop

On Friday Fresno Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a driver for a violation in the area of Tupman Street and Lorena Avenue. Multiple people in the car were on active probation.

The front right passenger was identified as 19-year-old Fresno resident Laquentin Townsel. During a pat-down search of Townsel, police found a concealed and loaded firearm tucked in the front waistband of his pants. He was immediately arrested without incident. The firearm was found to be a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with 16 rounds of live ammunition.

Townsel was booked at the Fresno County Jail on multiple weapons charges.

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