California Highway Patrol officers came across loaded firearms during a speeding stop in Novato early Saturday morning.
An officer saw a speeding 2012 Toyota Highlander at 3:50 a.m. and pulled it over on northbound Highway 101 at the Rowland Boulevard exit, said Sgt Marcus Bartholomew. During the traffic stop, the officer found two loaded handguns.
The 19-year-old driver, Musheer Hamoud Ali Abdo Alammari of Oakland, and one of the passengers, 19-year-old Mokhtar Musieh Nasser of Oakland, were cited for possessing loaded firearms in a vehicle. The guns were confiscated and the subjects were released.
CHP Marin patrol officers were on the first day of their Labor Day “Maximum Enforcement Period,” which started at 6:01 p.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. Several “speed teams” were scheduled over the holiday weekend on 101, Highway 37 and Interstate 580. The CHP said the maximum staffing allowed officers to do their normal enforcement on the highways, assist motorists with disabled vehicles, keep an eye out for distracted and impaired drivers and seatbelt violations.
Officers logged four DUI arrests on the first day of the enforcement period, Bartholomew said.