NPU: Two Men Arrested After Guns & Drugs Found During Traffic Stop

Since its inception in 2016, Redding’s Neighborhood Police Unit has taken almost 70 illegally possessed guns off the streets of Redding. Thursday night officers checked out a car parked near Niles Lane and Greenfield Street with two people inside. The driver, 42-year-old Wesley Varton, is on post release supervision so he and the car were searched. Varton allegedly had Methamphetamine and an unregistered loaded semi-auto 22 caliber pistol was found under the passenger seat. The passenger, 21-year-old Francisco Marquez, reportedly had a bag of 22 caliber bullets in his pocket and he admitted that the gun was his. Both men were arrested.


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