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W.V. traffic stop yields a cache of weapons

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A routine traffic stop turned up a cache of weapons for officers here Thursday night.

An officer pulled over a man, 27, for speeding about 11:30 p.m. The driver admitted he had a .357 handgun in the car and four other guns at the place he was staying, said West Valley Police Lt. Charles Illsley. The man also had been convicted in California for felony distribution of a controlled substance and was not allowed to possess any firearms, Illsley said.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched a house near 4200 West and 3200 South where the driver was renting a room. They found an SKS rifle, a Marlin .22 caliber rifle, a tech .22 caliber handgun, and a Jennings .32 caliber handgun, Illsley said. In addition, investigators found more than 100 types of ammunition.

Illsley said investigators do not know why the man had so many weapons.

The man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of firearms possession by a restricted person. Federal charges also were being considered, Illsley said.