CMPD: Stolen Gun, Drugs, Money Found Inside Vehicle Following Traffic Stop In Southwest Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has a message for criminals following an arrest in southwest Charlotte:

“Every step you take towards threatening our community with violence is not only being watched, but it’s also being analyzed.”

The CMPD says one of their officers observed suspicious indicators about a white Toyota Avalon that was on Westpark Drive on November 8th.

The officer was reportedly able to develop enough probable cause while performing surveillance on the vehicle that he conducted a traffic stop, according to a news release.

The driver, 27-year-old Carlos Martinez, reported had two rifles, one that was stolen, a pistol, methamphetamine, and a substantial amount of cash and drug paraphernalia inside his vehicle.

Martinez was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with the intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, and resisting an officer.