Posted: May. 4, 2018 12:55 pm
NEWTON — A North Carolina man faces multiple charges after police discovered drugs and a shotgun in his vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday, according to Newton police.
At 8:12 a.m., Sgt. Michael Monaco stopped a 2003 Ford Explorer on Water Street for speeding. When speaking with the driver — identified as Gary Lee Louk, 48, of Sanford, North Carolina — the officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana and raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle, police said.
Monaco also observed a marijuana smoking pipe in plain view on the passenger’s side floor. Louk was taken into custody and a search incident to the arrest revealed an unloaded 12-gauge Winchester pump-action shotgun on the rear floor as well as raw marijuana, hashish oil and paste, drug paraphernalia including pipes and rolling papers and two prescription medications in the vehicle, police said.
Louk was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon without a permit (third degree), possession of a controlled dangerous substance (fourth degree), possession of drug paraphernalia (disorderly persons), two counts