Routine traffic stop leads to drug and weapons charges for Susanville man

Justin Gene Lord, 35, of Susanville, faces a variety of charges following a routine traffic stop.

Some of the items seized in last week’s arrest of Justin Gene Lord, of Susanville.

According to a statement from the Susanville Police Department, about 12:46 a.m. Friday, March 8,  a SPD officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Third and Park streets for a minor traffic violation.

Police K-9 Zeke conducted an air sniff outside the vehicle after a white power was observed inside the front compartment.

K-9 Zeke showed a positive alert, and during a search of the vehicle officers located a loaded handgun near the driver’s seat. Lord was arrested at this time for illegal possession of a loaded firearm. A search of Lord’s person resulted in the seizure of approximately $3,400 dollars in cash and 9.2 grams of suspected fentanyl.

Later that day, a search warrant was executed at Lord’s residence on S. Gilman Street in Susanville. During the search, officers found various amounts of suspected fentanyl, heroin, psylocibin mushrooms and scales. Also seized from the residence were three AR-15-style rifles, one shotgun, one pistol and numerous rounds of ammunition.

Lord was charged with committing a crime while out on bail, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of a firearm(s) by a prohibited person, possession of a short-barreled rifle and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

The SPD would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, SEMSA and Lassen County District Attorney’s Office for assisting with the successful execution of the operation.