HANFORD — A man was arrested Saturday when a Kings County Sheriff’s K-9 helped deputies locate illegal narcotics and a handgun inside a vehicle during a traffic stop, officials said.
Around 3:30 p.m., Sheriff’s officials said deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of 10th Avenue and Houston Avenue in Hanford for a vehicle code violation.
During the stop, deputies said they developed suspicions that one of the vehicle's occupants, 39-year-old Tom Lozano, was trying to hide something in the car.
A Kings County Sheriff's K-9 was on scene and was used to conduct a narcotics sniff of the car. Deputies said the K-9 alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the car.
Deputies searched the car and said they located approximately three pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun.
Authorities said Lozano, a convicted felon, admitted the drugs and the handgun were his. Lozano was arrested on suspicion of numerous charges, including a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with the serial numbered altered or removed, possession of narcotics for sale and transportation of narcotics.