The stop of a Dodge pickup truck for having a license plate that expired last August has led to the arrest of a convicted drug felon for allegedly possessing four pistols, three of them stolen.
This, according to a press release Nashville officials put out this week.
“Juvenile Crime Task Force officers stopped the truck, driven by Delbert Porter, 41, on N. 5th Street. Porter immediately jumped out of the driver’s seat, smelled strongly of marijuana, and admitted to officers that he had a baggie of marijuana on him. Also found were 1.5 grams of cocaine and an empty gun holster. In the grass, just outside the truck, was a Smith & Wesson revolver, which Porter acknowledged was his by saying it only had three bullets in it,” according to the press release.
“The revolver had been stolen from Clifton, Tennessee, in Wayne County. During an interview, Porter who was convicted of felony cocaine, marijuana and gun possession in 2004, admitted that there were additional guns in his nearby residence. Found during the execution of a search warrant were two pistols underneath a mattress and another pistol in between the cushions of a couch in the living room. Two of the three guns found in the home had been reported stolen in Nashville.”
Porter is jailed in lieu of $75,000 bond on multiple firearm and drug charges, the press release said.
This is not the first time authorities have arrested a convicted criminal for allegedly having a firearm — even though the person legally wasn’t allowed to have it.
As The Tennessee Star reported in February officials charged a Madison man with carjacking, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Officials charged Devan Javon Thompson, 31, of Madison.
As The Star reported last year, Justin Jerome Jones pleaded guilty in November in U.S. District Court to three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
The Star also reported that authorities sentenced a Nashville man, Kevin Mark Paul, in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
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