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Montville Township police: Drugs, gun, bullet hole found during traffic stop

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Cocaine, marijuana and a loaded .357 magnum were confiscated by the Montville Township Police Department on Sunday during an arrest of two men. PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP POLICE

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MONTVILLE TWP. — Police arrested two men for possession of drugs only to discover their vehicle had a bullet hole in it.

Officer Ryan Gibbons stopped a 2006 Nissan on Medina Road near River Styx Road at 9:56 p.m. Sunday on an equipment violation. During the stop, Gibbons said he found several baggies of cocaine, two baggies of marijuana and a loaded .357 magnum under a front seat floor mat.

The handgun was reported stolen from Warrensville Heights earlier this year.

Additionally, police said the Nissan had a bullet hole in the rear tailgate.

Gibbons, Montville’s K-9 officer, had police dog Blek with him. However, Gibbons found the drugs after smelling marijuana emitting from the vehicle and a patdown and vehicle search, Montville police Lt. Matt Neil said.

Steven D. Harris, 35, of Cleveland, was charged with drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; improperly possessing a firearm in a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor; having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony; and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.

He was indicted by a grand jury this week.

Also, Kevin Wilson, 51, Akron, was charged with drug abuse, a fourth-degree felony. He was indicted by a grand jury Monday.

Both men remain in Medina County Jail. Wilson’s bond is 10 percent of $75,000, while Harris’ is 10 percent of $15,000.

Harris and Wilson have preliminary hearings set for

9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Medina Municipal Court.

“The fact that this firearm had been reported stolen, was in the possession of a felon who was also in possession of cocaine, combined with the fact that the vehicle they were traveling in had a bullet hole in the tailgate, could lead to speculation as to the type of activity that they were involved in,” Neil said.

“Anytime we can get a loaded firearm out of the hands of a felon, it is a good day for those that we are sworn to protect and serve.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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