Officers arrested a previously convicted felon and active gang member during a traffic stop in Salinas Wednesday afternoon, police said. Mathew Russell, 33, was stopped at North Main Street and Casentini Street for traffic violations at 4:22 p.m., according to Salinas police. Officers approaching the vehicle smelled marijuana and saw Russell reaching for an open folding knife on the driver’s side floorboard, police said.
Russell was removed from the car and detained. A search of the car revealed a loaded .22 caliber revolver under the console shift lever and a half ounce of marijuana under the backseat. Russell was booked into the Monterey County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a gang member in possession of a firearm, and possession of marijuana.
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