A traffic stop on US 59 near SH 105 in Cleveland resulted in two arrests, the recovery of one stolen firearm and the seizure of $4,406 in cash, according to a media release from Cleveland Police Department’s spokesperson, Capt. Scott Felts.
Officer Ortega was conducting traffic enforcement in the southbound lane of traffic on Aug. 25 when he reportedly observed a 2014 four-door Lincoln traveling 114 miles per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone.
Ortega conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for a speeding violation. While talking to the two occupants of the vehicle, who were traveling from Tennessee to Houston, Ortega reportedly discovered that neither the driver nor the passenger had a valid driver’s license, the vehicle was not insured, and an open container of alcohol was inside the vehicle.
“Officer Ortega conducted a further investigation which led to the discovery of marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and two pistols, one of which was stolen. Also located was $4,406 in cash [that] was seized due to its connection to criminal activity,” Felts said.
During the book-in process at the Cleveland Police Department, Officer Ortega reportedly discovered that the passenger had drugs hidden on his person.
The driver, Casey Jackson, 52, of Nashville, Tenn., is charged with Theft of a Firearm, a state jail felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, a third-degree felony. Bonds totaling $24,000 were assess by Municipal Court Judge Bob Steely.
The passenger, Sean Michael Carr, 30 from Nashville, Tenn., is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, a third-degree felony, Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility, a third-degree felony, and Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a first degree felony. Bonds totaling $45,000 were assessed by Judge Steely.