A Walla Walla police officer Monday night arrested a pair of Milton-Freewater men on drug, theft and weapons charges. A news release from the Walla Walla Police Department said the men are involved in gangs and police found methamphetamine, an illegal weapon and stolen goods in their possession.

The arrest came as a result of a “routine” traffic stop, the news release said. 

A patrol officer Monday about 7:25 p.m. stopped a 1987 Nissan pickup at First Avenue and Alder Street  While speaking to the subjects, the officer observed “brass knuckles” and a glass device commonly used for smoking methamphetamine. 

The officer arrested the driver, Trevor Kelly, 23, 84669 Winesap Road, Milton-Freewater, for possession of methamphetamine (Class C felony), possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous weapon. 

The passenger in the vehicle was Salvador D. Saucedo, 21, a transient from the Milton-Freewater area. The officer arrested him for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a dangerous weapon. 

“Saucedo is a known gang member and Kelly is known to affiliate with the same local gang,” the news release said. “Both suspects have previous local arrest history.”

The officer also found a small amount of methamphetamine and called in gang detectives from the special teams unit.

After getting a search warrant, the detectives searched the pickup and found an “illegally sawed-off .22 cal rifle, jewelry, collector coins, silverware and other items stolen during residential burglaries.”

Sunday, just a day before, police took a report of one of the burglaries from the 300 block of Catherine Street, while officers recovered property from a burglary reported in early December in the 3000 block of Canberra Street. In both of these burglaries, the news release said, the suspects stole vehicles. Police found those vehicles.

The news release also said this case is “tied to an ongoing investigation involving criminal activities of numerous local gang members.”

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