LEMOORE — A man and woman were arrested Thursday after Lemoore officers found a semi-automatic rifle in the backseat of their car during a traffic stop, police said.

The department said an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle that was swerving and crossing over the median in the area of South Lemoore Avenue and Highway 198.

Police said the vehicle was being driven by 23-year-old Vanessa Garcia from Lemoore while 29-year-old Vernon Lewis from Lemoore was in the passenger seat.

While speaking to Garcia and Lewis during the stop, officials said officers saw a black .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle in plain view on the back seat. They said the semi-automatic rifle had a high capacity magazine affixed to it.

Because Lewis is a convicted felon restricted from being in possession of a firearm or ammunition, police said they arrested and transported him to Kings County Jail.

While inside Kings County Jail, authorities said Lewis was found to have brought in cocaine and also had a .308 caliber bullet in his possession.

Authorities said Lewis was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a high-capacity magazine and bringing a controlled substance into a jail facility. His bail was set at $55,000.

Police said Garcia was arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $10,000.

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