Tyson Jenkins, 46, of Salida, was arrested in Ceres Sunday morning as a felon in possession of guns, ammunition and drugs.
At 7:59 a.m. Ceres Police Officer Christian Izquierdo was on patrol in the 1600 block of Mitchell Road when he saw a red Ford Taurus with no front license plate and expired registration leaving the Walmart parking lot. The driver accelerated when pursued but eventually was stopped in the 1900 block of Shushan Drive. Jenkins appeared to be fumbling with something before the officer approached. As Officer Izquierdo was writing a traffic citation in his patrol car, Jenkins continued to move around and look suspiciously at the officer. When a records check indicated Jenkins did not have a valid driver’s license Jenkins was asked to step out of the car and if he had anything illegal in the vehicle or any weapons. Jenkins quickly replied with no. Officer Izquierdo then asked Tyson to show his hands at which point Jenkins reached into his front right pocket. Officer Izquierdo grabbed Jenkins by his left arm and escorted him out and away from the vehicle. Jenkins would not show his hands at which time Officer Izquierdo saw a small clear baggy containing a clear white rock like substance inside of it believe to be methamphetamine fall to the ground. Jenkins then stepped on the bag in an attempt to hide it from the officer.
A tow truck was called and a search of the vehicle yielded three long rifles, a concealed shotgun and live .22 caliber ammunition and a glass meth smoking pipe.
Jenkins said he was unaware the firearms were in the car and said they belonged to friends but would not give names.
Jenkins later admitted the methamphetamine was his.
Jenkins has been convicted of a felony in the past, which prevents him from possessing any firearms or ammunition. He was transported to the Public Safety Center where he was booked for several felony charges related to a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition along with transportation and possession of a controlled substance.
No mugshot was available for Jenkins.