Traffic stop nets stolen firearm 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A routine traffic stop netted Minden Police a local man on a firearm’s charge.

Tadrion Smith, 20, of the 900 block of Sibley Road, Minden, was arrested for illegal possession of a stolen firearm and no brake lights.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said OFC. Chris Cayer was patrolling East Street when he saw a red GMC Sierra at a stop sign.

“The vehicle did not have functioning brake lights,” Cropper said. “The officer initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle pulled away from the stop sign. It turned right onto Columbia Street and stopped.”

OFC. Cayer reportedly made contact with the driver, Tadrion Smith. There was a female subject in the passenger seat and an infant child in the back seat.

“The officer said he could smell a strong odor of possible Marijuana coming from the vehicle,” said the chief. “As Lt. Chris Hammontree arrived on scene, OFC. Cayer had Smith step to the front of his patrol unit. Smith stated he understood his rights, and the officer asked if he had any controlled dangerous substances or firearms in the vehicle.”

Smith reportedly said his sister’s gun was under the backseat and gave consent to search the vehicle.

“Lt. Hammontree secured the firearm and ran it through dispatch,” Cropper said. “Dispatch confirmed the firearm was stolen. Smith was arrested. Further search of the vehicle showed no controlled dangerous substances nor any other firearms.”

The vehicle was reportedly turned over to the registered owner, and Smith was transported to a holding cell at Minden Police Department.

“The firearm a Glock 22, was stolen from Minden,” said the chief. “Det. Shane Griffith placed a hold on Smith, and the firearm was logged and placed into evidence.”

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