Seatbelt Emphasis Patrol Nabs Illegal Handheld Shotgun

Rochester, WA – During a Target Zero seatbelt enforcement emphasis, TCSO deputies stopped a seatbelt violator that resulted in an arrest for methamphetamine possession and possession of a deadly, illegal weapon. At approximately 7:00 pm, deputies were working the emphasis at the intersection of SR Hwy 12 and Albany St in Rochester. The “spotter” deputy observed an SUV in which the driver was not wearing her seatbelt. He notified his partner who made a traffic stop for that violation. During the stop, an investigation by the deputy found a quantity of suspected drugs in the possession of the driver. The vehicle was impounded and the deputy applied for and was granted a search warrant. The search uncovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine secreted in the spare-tire storage under the vehicle.
Also stashed in the spare tire holder was a hand-held shotgun shooting device. A 23 year old female from Rochester as booked into the Thurston County Jail for unlawful possession of a controlled substance-synthetic drug while armed with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of short barreled shotgun.