A convicted felon allegedly tried to toss a sawed-off rifle and a small amount of methamphetamine after a Kennewick resident reported the suspicious-looking man in the neighborhood.
Kennewick police were called Sunday morning about two men looking into vehicles and walking into the back yard of a home in the neighborhood across from the Fred Meyer store.
Officers found Jaime Nava, 27, and Ezekiel L. Vargas, 19, hiding in some bushes and arrested them on outstanding warrants, Kennewick police reported.
Then, officers found the sawed-off .22-caliber rifle that Nava threw behind a tree, according to Kennewick’s Facebook page.
The police dog Bear and his handler located the tossed meth.
Nava was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of unlawfully possessing a firearm and meth, along with an out-of-county warrant.
Jail records show Vargas, 19, is being held on four failures to comply for unrelated cases.
“This is a great example as to why it is important to call the police whenever you see something that looks suspicious,” said Kennewick police, adding that their non-emergency dispatch number is 509-628-0333.