Goshen man arrested for possessing a firearm with an illegal modification

Elkhart County Police Department

ELKHART, Ind. -- A Sunday evening traffic stop in Elkhart led to the arrest of Goshen resident Moses Tapia for possession of a machine gun after officers found a firearm with an illegal modification on the 20-year-old. 

Officers say the stop was initiated at 8:50 p.m. in the area of Benham and Lusher Avenues when a Land Rover Range Rover Sport with improper windshield window tint was seen.

"Based on this violation, the officer conducted a traffic stop on the Land Rover in the 300 block of Concord Ave.," the Elkhart Police Department said. "During the traffic stop, officers removed the driver and three passengers from the vehicle. One of the backseat passengers had a firearm on his person with an illegal modification known commonly as a 'Glock switch.'"

The switch is used to turn a semi-automatic into a fully automatic weapon, such as a machine gun.

The driver with released with a warning for the window tint and Tapia was arrested and booked into the Elkhart County Jail.

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