An Empire man on probation was arrested in a Jan. 31 traffic stop in Ceres because he was in possession of ammunition.
Officer Jonathan Blount stopped the drover of a 2004 Jeep Liberty for traffic violations at 11:45 a.m. at Nadine and Richland Avenue. The vehicle was occupied by several Hispanic male adults. As Officer Blount approached the Jeep he noticed a passenger pushing something under the seat. Officer Blount was familiar with two of the passengers, Abel Valdivia, 23, and Jesus Rodriguez, 29, and knew both were on probation. As he questioned driver Jose Jimenez, 47, of Empire, the officer was informed there was a handgun inside the passenger compartment. Officer Blount conducted a probation search and located two replica handguns and live ammunition. Jimenez is prohibited from possessing live ammunition and acknowledged he knew he was not to be in possession of such. Jimenez was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center for weapons violation.