Traffic stop in Murrieta leads to drug-related arrests

Two people were arrested on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of illegal substances in the vehicle, Murrieta...

Two people were arrested on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of illegal substances in the vehicle, Murrieta Police announced today.

An officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Monroe Avenue near Murrieta Mesa High School just after midnight Friday morning, according to a news release. One of the occupants, 26-year-old Mauricio Hernandez Estrada of Lake Elsinore, was found to be on probation for narcotics-related charges and had a criminal history for possession of a stolen vehicle, narcotics and violation of parole.

Felan Gutierrez, 21, of Wildomar was found to be on post-release community supervision following a narcotic arrest and also had an extensive criminal history for narcotics and possession of stolen vehicles.

A police K-9 was brought in to assist with a search of the vehicle to follow up on odors detected. A significant amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax were recovered. Additional narcotics was found hidden on Gutierrez's person.

Estrada and Gutierrez were booked into Southwest Detention Center for narcotics-related charges. Police said Gutierrez is a product of Assembly Bill 109, which allows for early release of "non-serious, non-violent" felons.

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