A traffic stop led to the arrest of a local man, Michael Cash, 35, after failure to stop at a stop sign.
Durant Police Officer McEachern made the stop around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and observed Cash acting as though he were looking for or concealing something, according to the report. McEachern then asked Cash to step out of the vehicle, but he refused saying he was late for a drug test.
According to the report, McEachern saw a device used to cheat on drug tests. McEachern asked Cash his reason for not stepping out of the vehicle as asked, and Cash again said he was late for a drug test, but gave a different location. McEachern contacted Cash’s Federal Probation Officer. Upon arrival, the probabtion officer asked Cash why he had the device and Cash said it was not his.
The probation officer then saw part of a gun under some items in the backseat within reach of the driver. McEachern drew his weapon and ordered Cash to the ground, but Cash resisted arrest, tensing all muscles in his body and locking his arms in front of him. More examination of the vehicle showed the gun to be a loaded Beretta U.S.A. .22 LR pistol with the chamber loaded and the hammer cocked with no safety.
The report stated there was a black camera bag containing 11 clear zip lock bags with a white crystal substance in them. Also located in the camera bag was a blue tinted see-thru zip lock type bag with white rectangle tablets in them, later identified as Xanax and Lortab. Other various items were collected as evidence and the vehicle was impounded.
Cash was booked into the Bryan County jail and formally charged on Wednesday for possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm after felony conviction and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.
In other crime news, Durant Police narcotics officers searched a 3701 Pearl St. home Wednesday after obtaining a search warrant.
Police said they received information that the owner was manufacturing methamphetamine. No one was home at the time of the search, although officers found numerous glass jars filled with chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. An investigation is ongoing.