SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Around 2:30 a.m. March 14, a Spokane Valley deputy observed a vehicle without a visible license plate and conducted a traffic stop in the 2300 block of N. Argonne.
As the deputy approached the vehicle, he observed the driver, later identified as 42-year-old Chistopher S. Edwards, reaching around his lap and around the floorboard in a possible attempt to hide evidence or retrieve a weapon. A check of Edwards' name revealed he had three felony warrants and a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
Edwards was taken into custody without incident. During a search after his arrest for the warrants, $5,000 was found in Edwards' pockets. A semi-automatic pistol sitting under the front seat of the vehicle was found along with a purple rubber container commonly used to conceal and carry controlled substances on the floor.
A criminal history check showed Edwards is a 6-time convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. It also showed a conviction for possession of a controlled susbtance and previous charges, including an active warrant, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Edwards was transported and booked in the Spokane County Jail for his warrants (two counts Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Violation of a No Contract Order and a Washington Department of Corrections hold) and a new charge of Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
The vehicle was seized pending a search warrant.
Later that day, a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle. Deputies recovered the pistol from under the driver's seat and of five grams of heroin inside the container.
An additional charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Heroin was added.
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