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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Police find weapons, powdery substance during traffic stop

  • Shawnee police found a white powdery substance and weapons, including a loaded AR-15, during a recent traffic stop and now the case has been forwarded to the district attorney's office.
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  • Shawnee police found a white powdery substance and weapons, including a loaded AR-15, during a recent traffic stop and now the case has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office.
    Officer Cody Gibson made the stop after noticing a Ford Mustang traveling northbound on Harrison Street at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then failed to stop for the red light at Harrison and Wallace Streets.
    A traffic stop was conducted at 1411 N. Harrison, where Gibson talked with a driver and a front seat passenger.
    Shortly after beginning to talk to them, the officer noticed an AR-15 rifle with a magazine was laying in the trunk of that vehicle.
    Gibson asked if there were any more weapons in the vehicle, with the driver advising there was a pistol in the car, although the report shows he would not tell the officer where it was.
    Both began reaching around inside of the vehicle, Gibson reported, so he advised dispatch that he had both subjects at gunpoint and to start a second unit.
    Both men were removed from the vehicle and detained. The AR-15 rifle was found to be loaded, the report shows, and Gibson also located a Rock Island .45 caliber pistol in the back passenger side seat. The pistol had a magazine inserted, but was unloaded.
    While checking the vehicle for more weapons, Gibson located a clear bag in the center console containing a white powdery substance. The field test on the substance was inconclusive, although it weighed 2.2 grams.
    The driver was read his Miranda Rights and talked to the officer. The report shows he stated he purchased the substance from a friend for $100 and believed it to be cocaine.
    The reports shows the driver, who indicated this was the first time he has purchased cocaine, did so because he heard it would help him stay awake after working long hours. The driver took sole responsibility for the substance and advised the passenger had no knowledge of it.
    Police took possession of both firearms and the powdery substance, which has been sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis.
    The driver, who was issued citations for running a red light and transporting a loaded firearm, was released at the scene, the report shows, although information is being sent to the District Attorney's Office to seek charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
    Watch for updates.

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