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