Police say they arrested two gang associates on weapons charges Tuesday evening.
Manuelito Fernando Gonzales Jr., 22, is charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Brandon Marquise Duckworth, 18, is charged with two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
According to police, Gonzales was driving a car pulled over for traffic violations by North Precinct Street Crimes Unit officers at Northeast 3rd Avenue and Weidler Street. Duckworth was a passenger in the car. Police say that both of them were known to the officers as gang associates.
During the course of the traffic stop, officers learned that Duckworth had an outstanding parole violation warrant and he was placed into custody. Additional investigation by officers led to the discovery of two loaded handguns in the vehicle. Both handguns were seized and placed into evidence.
Officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Task Force responded to assist with the investigation.
Police say that this week, the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is being assisted by Street Crimes Units from all three precincts to help prevent continued gang violence from occurring after several recent shootings.
Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.
Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.