Spokane Valley Deputy conducting a traffic stop arrested the driver, a 6-time convicted felon, for multiple warrants for his arrest. During the stop, a pistol was observed protruding from underneath the driver’s seat, and the suspect had two bundles of cash on him totaling over $5,000. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was obtained. The pistol and over five grams of heroin were recovered from inside the vehicle.
On March 14, 2019, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Thomas Walton observed a vehicle without a visible license plate and conducted a traffic stop in the 2300 block of N. Argonne.
As Deputy Walton approached the vehicle, he observed the driver, later identified as 42-year-old Christopher S. Edwards, reaching around his lap and reaching forward toward the floorboard of the car in a possible attempt to hide evidence or retrieve a weapon. A check of Edwards’ name revealed he had three felony warrants and a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
With additional Deputies at the scene to assist, Edwards was taken into custody without incident. During a search after his arrest for the warrants, two bundles of cash totaling over $5,000 was found in Edwards’ coat and pants pockets. Deputy Walton also observed a semi-automatic pistol sitting under the front seat of the vehicle and a purple rubber container commonly used to conceal and carry controlled substances on the floor.
A criminal history check showed Edwards is a 6-time convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. It also showed a conviction for possession of a controlled substance and previous charges, including an active warrant, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Kalispell Police K9 Officer Pierson and his partner K9 Bonnie responded to the scene and conducted a “sniff” of the vehicle. K9 Bonnie alerted near the purple container, indicating the possible presence of drugs.
Edwards was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his warrants (2 counts Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Violation of a No Contact Order and a Washington Department of Corrections hold) and a new charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree. The vehicle was seized pending a search warrant.
Later that day, a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle. Deputies recovered the loaded Jimenez Arms .380 pistol from under the driver’s seat and over 5 grams of heroin inside the purple container. An additional charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Heroin was added.
Corporal Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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