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I-80 search near Crete turned up six M4 rifles, Seward County sheriff says
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I-80 search near Crete turned up six M4 rifles, Seward County sheriff says

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A 31-year-old Washington man has been arrested on gun charges after Seward County deputies found six M4 rifles in a search of the van he was driving on Interstate 80. 

Sheriff Michael Vance said a Seward County Homeland Security deputy stopped a Dodge Caravan for a traffic violation at about 10:15 a.m. Monday between the Milford and Crete exits.

Montray Patton

Montray Patton

During the stop, he said, the deputy became suspicious of criminal activity, and a police dog brought to the scene indicated the smell of drugs coming from the van.

Vance said a search turned up a small amount of raw marijuana and the rifles, with the serial numbers filed off, hidden in the van. 

They arrested the passenger, Montray Patton of Auburn, Washington, on suspicion of possession of a defaced firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Vance said Patton was a convicted felon and can't legally possess firearms.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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