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Alhambra traffic stop leads to drug, firearm, illegal fireworks bust

Friday, June 28, 2013

What started as a traffic stop led police to a stash of cocaine and illegal fireworks in Alhambra.

Officers pulled over a car at about 7 p.m. Tuesday for a minor vehicle code violation. The driver was Manuel Alex Ortiz, a convicted felon. Officers found live ammunition inside the car, which is a felony, considering Ortiz's criminal record.

Alhambra police officers were led to a nearby home during a follow-up investigation. They found a stolen firearm, a quarter pound of cocaine and more than 1,000 pounds of illegal fireworks.

Ortiz posted bond and was released on Wednesday. His next court date is scheduled for July 29.

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