Traffic stop leads to discovery of weapons, drugs cache

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 4:59pm

Metro police believe an early Monday morning traffic stop may have prevented a much more serious situation.

When Officer Brandon Whittaker spotted a car leaving Silverado’s Saloon and Dance Hall at 1204 Murfreesboro Pike around 3 a.m. Monday and stopped it nearby for excessive window tinting, he couldn’t have immediately known of the amount of firepower and contraband that was inside.

A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly turned up an AK-47 rifle, a stolen .40-caliber Glock handgun, a .357-caliber revolver, about 230 grams of marijuana, about 1 gram of crack cocaine, other drug paraphernalia, $880 in real U.S. currency and another $500 in counterfeit U.S. currency.

Police arrested the five occupants inside the vehicle: Brian Anthony Leggs, 25, of Oakwood Avenue; Arista Rochelle Lewis, 21, of Wynnhaven Court; Donald Lee Peoples, 18, of Heiman Street; Steven Deshawn Kimbro, 22, of Rose Hall; and Christopher C. Bridges, 19, Chesapeake Drive. Each was charged with drug and gun possession as well as theft.

As Whittaker approached the car, he spotted one of the individuals holding the assault rifle, said police spokesman Don Aaron.

Backup officers arrived and helped take the five individuals into custody before a search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a box in the backseat containing 229.4 grams of marijuana, 1.2 grams of cocaine, a digital scale and some plastic baggies.

Police also charged Kimbro with evidence tampering and criminal simulation after he allegedly tried to hide five counterfeit $100 bills under the backseat of a police cruiser while he was in custody.

“None of the five would detail what they were doing,” Aaron said. “The female said she’d been called to pick them up.”

Metro police are working to determine any potential gang affiliations with the individuals, but Aaron said the officers involved are certain they stopped a more serious crime from taking place.

“With that much dope and that significant firepower in that car, there’s no doubt that they were up to no good," he said.

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5 Comments on this post:

By: rightis_right on 12/7/10 at 7:08

Significant firepower HUH???

Keep in mind that the guns aren't the villians

By: courier37027 on 12/7/10 at 11:19

"Metro police are working to determine any potential gang affiliations with the individuals, but Aaron said the officers involved are certain they stopped a more serious crime from taking place." C'mon Don Aaron, the previous police Chief Ronald Serpass ended gang violence with his Stratford High summit a few years ago.

Let's see, I have a spare tire and jack in my trunk. Both could be used as weapons. By Aaron's logic, I must be up to no good.

By: GUARDIAN on 12/8/10 at 12:26

GUARDIAN-If the windows were tinted that dark how did the officer see the AK in one of the guys hands in the dark of the night from outside the vehicle? Just asking.

By: consultmlcesq on 12/8/10 at 2:38

I suppose this bust is justification for the many bogus traffic stops that are based merely on profiling technigues - neither probabe cause, nor reasonable suspicion. Indeed, the focus on pretext traffic stops continues to interfere with the response of police officers to 911 emergency calls, even where violent acts result in injury or death.

By: SgtScott31 on 12/9/10 at 4:45

I agree completely consult. Why do police and citizens need to worry about drug dealers with assault rifles and stolen weapons??? I mean, the police shouldn't be burdened with street crime while responding to true 911 emergencies.....regardless if they're out committing robberies, dealing crack, and killing people.

Just out of curiosity, what do you think is more serious? Let me guess, someone that broke into your car or littered in your yard??

That's one of the most ridiculous posts I"ve read in a long time....come out of your little bubble..there's a lot more going on in this world outside of your heavily obscured reality.

Courier.....comparing a tire jack to an AK47, an assault rifle commonly used in gang shootings AND a stolen handgun, is well, retarded.