Just before midnight, Hazleton City Police stopped a black Audi Q5 at the intersection of Muir Ave and Cedar Street for having an expired inspection (01/18) and expired registration (11/18).
The driver was 24 year old Deivon Amir Barlow and in the back seat was 23 year old Teshawn Devante Nelson.
Officers discovered that Barlow had a suspended driver's license.
Officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and had both occupants exit the vehicle. The rear passenger, Teshawn Devante Nelson, was found to have a silver North American Arms 22 Magnum, fully loaded Revolver, in the front right side of his pants when he was patted down.
During a check of the interior of the vehicle, police found a marijuana roach in the front ash tray along with two Jars of Marijuana elsewhere in the car. Officers also found what appeared to be a large amount of money located in the driver’s side door in a plastic bag.
Officers later counted and collected, $9,800.00 in US Currency as well as $20,400.00 in counterfeit one hundred dollar bills.
Both occupants were taken into custody, taken back to City Hall, and placed in cells. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Police discovered that Teshawn Nelson did not have a License to Carry a Firearm and was previously convicted of a Felony that did not allow him to Carry a Firearm.
The driver, Barlow was later released and charges are being filed to include Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving a Vehicle with a Suspended License, Operating a Vehicle with an Expired Registration, and Expired Inspection.
The rear passenger, Teshawn Nelson was eventually processed and transported to Luzerne County Prison charges included, Persons Not to Possess a Firearm,(F-2), Firearms not be be Carried Without a License,(F-3), Possession of Marijuana (M), and Possession of Paraphernalia,(M).
The investigation is continuing on the ownership of the gun.