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Benicia Police Department
Wednesday March 9th, 2011 :: 03:18 p.m. PST


Alert Benicia Police Officer arrests two suspects on weapons and drug charges. More details in an e-mail.

An alert Benicia police officer's observation of a vehicle without a rear license plate resulted in the arrest of both the driver and passenger for weapons and drug violations Tuesday evening, March 8th.

Benicia K-9 Officer Damiean Sylvester stopped the Ford Thunderbird on East 5th Street in Benicia at the eastbound highway 780 on ramp after observing the car did not have a rear license plate. He contacted the driver, 41 year old Samuel Rowe from Vacaville, and the passenger, 28 year old Steven Templeton of Suisun City. After speaking with the two of them, Rowe was found to be in possession prescription medication without a prescription while Templeton also possessed prescription medication without a prescription and suspected methamphetamine.

In the car, Officer Sylvester found an unloaded .357 revolver. The weapon was determined to have been stolen from a home theft in Fairfield after contacting the registered owner of the handgun.

"Our police officers face dangerous situations on a regular basis," Benicia Police Lt. Mike Daley said. "Officer Sylvester and his back up officers did a very good job to take another firearm off the streets without incident. Unfortunately, we find that illegal drugs and firearms are commonly tied together."

Rowe was booked into the Solano County Jail for possession of a stolen handgun, possession of prescription medication without a prescription, along with a probation violation as he was on misdemeanor probation in Solano County for a traffic offense. Templeton was booked for possession of suspected methamphetamine and possession of prescription medication without a prescription.

For further information, contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259 or via e-mail.

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

Lt. Michael Daley

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