A 25-year-old Nicholson man faces drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop made by the Commerce Police Department last week.
The officer who made the stop on the Ila Road spotted a black handgun on the center console, called for backup and approached the vehicle with his service weapon drawn, according to the arrest report.
The officer ordered James Michael Jones of 4110 Crabapple Hollow Road, Nicholson, out of his vehicle. When the second officer arrived, that officer patted Jones down, the report said. In the process, the officer said he felt a soft, squishy package in Jones’ right front pants pocket.
When he asked the suspect what it was, Jones allegedly replied that he didn’t know.
The package turned out to be a plastic bag containing a “rock-like substance” that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Officers also recovered a black 9 mm handgun, a 9 mm magazine with 18 bullets and a .45 caliber magazine with seven bullets.
Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.