Police seized two illegal handguns during routine traffic stops on Wednesday evening, according to interim Police Chief Kimothy Monroe.
Around 7:30 p.m., Santwone Gibson, 19, of 511 Queensdale St. was stopped on Queendale Street. After a search of his vehicle, he was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, police say. Gibson was jailed under a $20,000 bond.
A passenger in the same car — Daquan Johnson of 513 Produce Market Road — fled the scene and was not apprehended, according to police.
Johnson has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resist, delay, and obstruct an officer in performance of duties.
Later, Erik Todd Adams, 27, of Kernersville, was stopped on Isabelle Street. Upon a search of Adams’ vehicle, authorities say that they located a stolen small caliber handgun.
Adams was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and an equipment violation, according to a police report. He was placed under a $5,000 bond.
“These cases are a continuing effort by the Laurinburg Police Department to curb gun violence in the area due to recent tragedies,” Monroe said, praising the officers and detectives of the department for their support.