HANFORD — Three men were arrested recently for being in possession of several handguns with high-capacity magazines, Hanford Police Department officials said.

Around 8:15 p.m. on Friday, May 17, Hanford Police officers working a DUI enforcement detail said they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the area of 11th and Hume avenues for a vehicle code violation.

Upon making contact with the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Noah Torres, officers said they saw an open container of beer inside the vehicle.

Officers had all three occupants exit the vehicle and after searching the car, said they found two loaded handguns.

Police said one of the magazines was loaded with a high-capacity magazine which has 29 rounds inside of it, while the other handgun was loaded with seven rounds.

The other two occupants of the car were identified as 23-year-old Erik Nichols and 18-year-old Joseph Gutierrez.

All three men were arrested and booked into Kings County Jail on suspicion of possession of loaded firearms in a vehicle, possession of a high-capacity magazine and participation in a criminal street gang, authorities said.

Nichols was a prior felon and officials said the extra charge of felon in possession of the firearms and ammunition were added to his booking.

The DUI enforcement detail was funded by the Alcoholic Beverage Control GAP Grant, which was awarded to the Hanford Police Department in July 2018.

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