An Arizona man who allegedly had methamphetamine and a hidden loaded gun in his possession during a traffic stop remained behind bars, jail records show.
Mark Steven Paterson, 47, of Parker, Ariz., was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail after sheriff’s deputies arrested him Wednesday on a host of alleged offenses that include possession of a controlled substance with a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm, jail records read.
News about Paterson’s arrest wasn’t made public until today.
Paterson was pulled over at 14th Avenue and Solano Street in Blythe after a deputy on patrol spotted the expired registration tag on Paterson’s 2004 Nissan Titan pickup truck, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Verlarde said.
A routine check showed that Paterson’s Arizona driver’s license had been suspended and that he didn’t have a valid driver’s license from any other state, Verlarde said.
Once the suspected narcotics and weapon was found, members of a local drug task force were called in and they took over the investigation, the sergeant said.