Loaded Gun Arrest Interrupts Cross Country Road Trip

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:45pm

LAS CRUCES — A convicted felon traveling from Texas to California was arrested Wednesday after he was discovered to be in possession of a loaded handgun.

Cornelius Clark, 33, of Houston, Texas, was charged with one fourth-degree felony count of possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon.

Agents from the FBI were conducting a separate investigation Wednesday morning at a business near the intersection of University Avenue and south Valley Drive when they saw Clark acting suspiciously and dumping an object in bushes near a gas station. Clark drove away from the gas station and agents discovered that the item he dumped was a loaded .22 caliber revolver.

Agents notified Las Cruces Police officers who stopped Clark’s vehicle and discovered that he was convicted of a felony in Texas in 2007 for unlawful use of a motor vehicle. New Mexico criminal laws stipulate that a convicted offender cannot be in possession of a firearm for 10 years following their felony conviction.

Detectives learned that Clark was traveling from Texas to California and decided to dump the handgun prior to traveling through the Border Patrol checkpoint west of Las Cruces.

Clark was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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