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Local Deputies: Speeding Felon Caught With Pistol

OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: Deputies arrested a 22-year-old Moses Lake man Monday after stopping him for speeding and finding marijuana and a loaded pistol in the vehicle.

Deputies Jeffrey Thurman and Chuck Sciortino were patrolling I-90 west of Spokane about 2 p.m. when they saw a westbound Chevrolet Tahoe speeding ahead of them. They checked its speed at 83 mph in the posted 70 mph zone.

When they ran a registration check on the Tahoe's plates, they learned the female owner had a suspended license and a warrant for City Theft. They signaled the SUV to stop and noticed the driver reaching below his seat as the Tahoe pulled over.

Approaching on foot, the deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana. They had the driver step from the vehicle and identified him as Juan C. Cervantes. He told them his license was suspended and acknowledged there was a small amount of marijuana in the SUV.

Sciortino contacted the passenger and identified her as 28-year-old Tina M. Zarate of Moses Lake, the Tahoe's owner and the wanted theft suspect. The deputies obtained both people's permission to search the Tahoe.

Thurman entered the Tahoe and found a glass pipe containing partially-burnt marijuana in the roof console. Under the driver's seat, he found a loaded Rossi .38-cal. Pistol wrapped in a bandana. The gun's serial number had been filed or round off making it unreadable.

Cervantes criminal history included four prior felony convictions making it unlawful for him to possess a firearm. Thurman arrested Cervantes and had him booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of Altering/Obliterating Identification Marks on a Firearm, First-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana and Third-Degree Driving while License Suspended.

Zarate's warrant was non-extraditable and Sciortino cited and released her for Possession of Marijuana.

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