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Traffic stop reveals drugs, weapon

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Lebanon police uncovered a loaded pistol and a large amount of drugs, cash and other paraphernalia inside a car during a routine traffic stop Wednesday night.

Officer Derrick Way stopped a 2004 Jeep at around 10:15 p.m. on S. Cumberland Street near McDonalds for a brake light violation.

When Way approached the vehicle, they noticed the smell of marijuana and a Colt M1911 semi-automatic pistol on the floorboard.

The M1911 was the standard-issue sidearm for U.S. Armed Forces from 1911-85. 

Way identified the driver as Christopher Payne, 19, of Lebanon. 

After Payne was detained, officers searched the vehicle and found more than 1.5 ounces of cocaine, more than 9.6 ounces of marijuana, around $3,000, scales, a grinder and rolling papers. The pistol was loaded, according to police.

Payne was charged with possession of schedule II drugs packaged for resale, possession of schedule VI drugs packaged for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a weapon.

“Officer Way did an outstanding job,” said Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen. “Officers proactive during traffic stops lead to felony arrests, which have a direct correlation to our crime-reduction efforts.”

Payne was booked in at Wilson County Jail on $22,500 bond and released Thursday afternoon. A court date was set for April 1. 

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