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Gang Charges For Felon Found With Firearm; Juvenile Also Charged

LaGrange Police have charged two young men with various crimes after a traffic stop revealed the occupants were in possession of a pair of handguns.

Any possession of the handguns was a no-no for both subjects as one was a convicted felon and the other was a juvenile.

The guns were found Tuesday afternoon, when police searched their vehicle during a traffic stop after smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Officers didn’t report finding any marijuana or drugs inside the Chevrolet HHR, but they did find a .9 mm Ruger pistol and a .22 caliber handgun in the rear of the vehicle.

The vehicle also had multiple bullet holes showing, which led officers to strongly suspect that the Chevy was involved in a previous shooting incident in Manchester, GA.

Due to the vehicle’s suspected involvement in the other criminal incident, officers seized the vehicle into evidence and called for a tow. After the tow truck arrived, the juvenile became upset that the vehicle was being towed and attempted to block the vehicle from being towed. The 16-yearold was told to moved from the path of the tow truck and refused by allegedly hopping on top of the vehicle and even trying to enter it at one point.

The older subject, Kevarious Marquez Sessions, was confirmed to have a warrant for his arrest and to be a convicted felon. Police also say that he didn’t have a valid driver’s and was a known gang member.

As a result, Sessions, age 21, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Operating a Vehicle without a License to Drive, two counts of Participation in a Criminal Street Gang, and a warrant for Theft by Receiving.

The unnamed juvenile, age 16, was charged with Obstruction of Officers and later released to his mother.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer