A maintenance worker was arrested early Thursday morning during a traffic stop in Soledad when he was allegedly found with a stolen ATM card, narcotics and other illegal items, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. Rodolfo Duran, 27, of Soledad, was stopped for a moving violation around 1:40 a.m. on state Highway 146 at Fabry Road.
He then gave authorities permission to search the black 1999 Kia sedan he was driving. Sheriff’s officials said a stolen ATM card and two types of narcotics were found in the car. Officials then searched his residence in Soledad where two methamphetamine smoking pipes, a scale, ammunition and .22 caliber firearm were found. The sheriff’s office said Duran has previously been convicted of felony burglary and cannot own a firearm.
He was arrested on suspicion of violating health and safety code by possessing a controlled substance; possessing a firearm as a felon; and stealing lost property. Officials seized the illegal items and will continue investigating the case.