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The ex-con was pulled over because of a stolen license plate. Then cops saw the ammo.

Juan Sosa-Avila
Juan Sosa-Avila Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

A convicted felon from Miami was arrested at gunpoint Tuesday just outside Key West on Stock Island after police said he was driving around in a car with a stolen license plate.

Juan Sosa-Avila, 46, also was arrested on 15 counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition for the fully loaded gun clip police said they found in the glove box of his Jeep Cherokee. He faces a felony charge for each 9-millimeter round of ammo found inside the clip.

He also was arrested for felony fleeing/eluding police, misdemeanor theft for the license plate that was reported stolen in Miami-Dade County and two traffic violations.

Sosa-Avila was spotted near mile marker 30 driving with a stolen plate, and a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy set up at mile marker 8 to catch the white Cherokee’s driver, according to the arrest report.

But Sosa-Avila led police on a slow speed chase around the numbered streets of Stock Island, going about 20 to 25 mph.

He finally parked outside an apartment building and got out of the SUV as a deputy drew his service weapon.

Sosa-Avila said the vehicle was his uncle’s and he forgot to register it.

Sosa-Avila has convictions for grand theft and forgery from 2016 in Miami-Dade County and is on probation until 2020, state prison records show. On Wednesday, he was at the Stock Island Detention Center on no bond.

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