Police Recover Stolen Firearm During Traffic Stop

LaGrange Police have arrested a convicted felon for gun possession after a residual odor of marijuana led them to discover a stolen firearm.

Tuesday morning about 11:30 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Dallis Street near Juniper Street.

Officers observed an odor of marijuana, so police began to investigate potential drug activity. When questioned, the driver admitted to police that he and his passenger had just smoked a marijuana cigarette and he agreed to a search of the vehicle.

Police also determined that the front seat passenger, Michael James King, had an active arrest warrant for his arrest through Bibb County, Georgia. King was then taken into custody for the warrant and searched to arrest.

Police say King had a strong odor of marijuana, but none was located on his person.

A subsequent searched of the vehicle revealed a small purple Ruger 9mm handgun in a black and red backpack belonging to King. The gun was then confirmed to have been reported stolen earlier in LaGrange.

Both subjects were then taken to the LaGrange Police Department for further interviews, during which King admitted to officers that he is a convicted felon. As a result of the investigation, King, age 31, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

King is currently being held at the Troup County Jail on $6,000 bond.