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ISP: Traffic stop in MC leads to firearms charges

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A Michigan City resident was arrested Saturday on gun charges following a traffic stop in Michigan City, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 1:15 a.m. a trooper on patrol clocked a vehicle at 45 miles per hour in a zone on Woodland Ave. posted at 30 mph. The trooper subsequently performed a traffic stop in the area of Coolspring Ave., and on making contact with the vehicle’s three occupants detected an odor of marijuana from the vehicle’s interior, police said.

After instructing the occupants to exit the vehicle, the trooper found a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver--its serial numbers “damaged in an attempt to remove them”--on the person of a passenger identified as Deonte Miller, 20, of Michigan City, police said. A second weapon, a Smith & Wesson .40 semi-automatic pistol--reported stolen through the Michigan City PD--was later located in Miller’s pants, police said.

Miller was taken into custody, transported to the LaPorte County Jail, and charged with possession of a firearm without a permit, possession of a firearm with altered identification, possession of marijuana, and minor consumption of alcohol, police said.

A second passenger, Mario Ward, 20, also of Michigan City, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation for driving while suspended-infraction and released at the scene, police said.







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