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Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery Of Drugs, Stolen Gun

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A traffic stop led to the arrest of a man on drug and gun possession overnight.

Police stopped a vehicle they said failed to make a stop at a stop sign at Gatweood Avenue and Pennock Avenue. Officers approached the vehicle, and said they smelled marijuana. They asked the driver, later identified as 35-year-old Eric D. Johnson, to step out of the vehicle. During a pat down, an officer felt a handgun in Johnson's waistband.

Upon further investigation, police discovered the gun had been reported stolen from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, and still had their metal stamp on it.

Officers also found cocaine, oxycodone pills, and $679 cash on Johnson.

Police said Johnson did not have a valid handgun permit and he also had multiple convictions for felony drug possession.

He was taken into custody and charged with theft, dangerous felon in possession of a firearm, drug possession, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

He was also charged with drug possession in a drug free school zone, because his arrest happened within 1,000 feet of Tom Joy Head Start Center on Lischey Avenue.

Johnson was held on $75,000 combined bond. He was due in court on April 22.

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