YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown man was arrested after a weekend traffic stop turned into a seizure of 10 pounds of marijuana.
Police said they stopped Alex Stewart, 30, for failing to use his turn signal late Saturday night while he was driving on the South Side. During a search of Stewart’s vehicle, officers found 10 one-pound bags of marijuana packaged and ready for sale. Police said it is worth approximately $20,000.
Officers said they could smell the marijuana as soon as they approached Stewart’s car, according to a police report.
“Soon as they walked up on the vehicle, obviously they smelled a large amount of raw marijuana coming from it. When they spoke to the the individual, he did say he had some marijuana in the car, along with a gun, so we got him out,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Gerry Slattery.
Officials called it one of the largest drug seizures they have had from a traffic stop in more than a decade.
In addition to the marijuana, police also found a 9-mm Smith & Wesson handgun in the glove compartment. Stewart’s concealed carry permit expired in July, according to the police report.
Vice squad officers on Monday also showed off nearly a dozen pistols and revolvers they have taken off the streets just since January, including five long-guns and a paiir of assault rifles, including one with a laser sight. Investigators said they have been focusing on the city’s high-crime neighborhoods and targeting drug-related violence.
“We are concentrating on efforts in these high crime areas,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Gerry Slattery.”We’re conducting the search warrants and what not, and the patrols are also stepping up as far as looking to stop the behavior out there.”
Stewart was issued a summons on the drug and gun charges and was arraigned Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court and is due back in court later this week.