ICSO: Man faces gun charge after traffc stop
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A New Jersey man was charged with illegally possessing a firearm following a traffic stop on Interstate 77, according to an Iredell County Sheriff's Office news release.
Members of the ICSO Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) team stopped a northbound 2017 Jeep Cherokee with a Connecticut registration on Sunday, Aug. 6, for a traffic violation near mile marker 61, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in the news release.
Deputies approached the car and began speaking with a man identified as Dwelon Andelle Edwards of Jersey City, N.J., who said he was traveling from Savannah, Ga., to Jersey City, N.J.
While deputies were speaking with Edwards about his residence being in New Jersey and his registration being out of Connecticut, deputies received consent to search the vehicle, the sheriff said.
While searching the vehicle, deputies located a loaded 40-caliber Taurus semiautomatic handgun, along with two extra magazines and a box of 40- caliber ammunition, according to the news release. While researching the weapon to determine if it was stolen, deputies learned Edwards was a convicted felon, Campbell said.
Edwards' criminal history includes use or possession of drugs with intent to use; possession of drugs on school property; manufacture/distribute heroin; burglary; possession of prohibited weapons or devices; and unlawful possession of weapons, according to the news release.
Because Edwards, 40, is a convicted felon, he was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged with one count of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was given a $25,000 bond.