A 38-year-old Leesburg man is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a slew of charges after he was allegedly found to have heroin, crack cocaine, a firearm, a knife, other narcotics, and credit cards inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.
Jason Dean Adams is facing charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of crack cocaine, possession of heroin, having a weapon under disability, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, and having a fictitious registration.
On Thursday just before midnight, a Washington C.H. Police Department officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, 1397 Leesburg Ave. According to reports, the vehicle registration belonged to a 2007 Jeep, but the vehicle that was pulled over was a maroon Lincoln four-door sedan.
The officer advised Adams, who was driving the vehicle, that the registration didn’t match the vehicle. Adams explained that he was in the process of purchasing the vehicle from a Dayton man and that he “just placed old plates on the vehicle until he could receive a registration,” reports said.
Another officer arrived on the scene to assist with the traffic stop. While one officer was attempting to verify information for Adams and the vehicle’s passenger, another officer located a pellet rifle in the back seat of the vehicle, according to reports. Adams was asked to exit the vehicle and once he stepped out, the officer saw a large “Buck knife” that had been concealed beside Adams.
The officer then informed Adams he was going to search the vehicle for any further weapons. The passenger requested that he be allowed to depart the area and once police found he did not have any active warrants, he was released from the scene.
While searching the vehicle, police reportedly found a loaded 9-millimeter Taurus handgun in the back pouch of the passenger seat. The handgun had a loaded magazine and a round in the firing chamber. Once the firearm was found, Adams was handcuffed and placed in the rear of the police patrol car.
As the search continued, a large off-white colored rock-like substance which field tested positive for crack cocaine was located in a plastic baggie, reports said. A folded piece of paper with a substance that tested positive for heroin, and several small baggies and a pipe with marijuana inside were allegedly found inside a box.
An empty handgun magazine and holster were located in a black leather bag near the passenger seat. Several rounds of ammunition for a 9-millimeter handgun were also found inside a large white plastic bag in the rear seat, reports said.
Several credit cards belonging to a woman were also found in the visor above the driver’s seat, police said. Contact was made with owner of the credit cards and she informed police that her wallet had been taken from a vehicle at Summers Funeral Home in Washington C.H. earlier in the day.
A trial date for Adams has not yet been set.
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