Weapons and drugs seized in Sunday stop

Weapons and suspected narcotics seized after a Sunday night traffic stop.

Four men face felony charges for weapons and drugs after a busy weekend for the Stone County Sheriff’s Department.

On Sunday at approximately midnight, Deputy Chavez Jones attempted to pull over a vehicle with three occupants on southbound Hwy. 49 for an equipment violation.

The driver of the vehicle wouldn’t comply and pulled into the 10-Mile Industrial Park before coming to a halt.

“Deputy Jones was attempting to place the driver in custody when I arrived and, after assisting him, he told me he had seen the rear passenger throw something from the window,” said SCSD narcotics investigator Adam Guidry. “I recovered a Springfield .45 caliber pistol and, when we ran the serial number, it came back as stolen out of Louisiana.”

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers found an Omni brand multi-caliber weapon in the trunk.

“It’s basically an AR-15 pistol,” Guidry said.

While that weapon came back clean, it was learned all three men in the vehicle, driver Bobby Mills, Jr. a 23-year-old Ocean Springs resident, front-seat passenger Shaquille Stapleton, a 25-year-old resident of Long Beach and rear-seat passenger Kendrick Chapman, a 27-year-old resident of Gulfport, were all convicted felons.

All three men were charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Chapman made things worse for himself when he failed to disclose a stash he had in his pants.

At the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, Guidry found Chapman to be hiding a baggie containing 28 dosage units of what was suspected to be the tranquilizer Xanax.

In addition to the weapons charges, Chapman also faces a felony charge of introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.

All three men posted bonds of $50,000.

Friday night, Dennis Ashley Taft, a 41-year-old resident of Wiggins, approached a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Sunflower and Wire roads and did not have a valid driver’s license.

A check of computer records indicated Taft was wanted on a contempt of court warrant.

“I searched him and the area around him and found him to be in possession of a glass pipe, which are typically used to consume methamphetamine,” Guidry said. “He admitted there was a quantity of methamphetamine in the vehicle and where it was.”

As it turned out, Taft was in possession of 1.4 grams of the substance and faces a felony possession of a controlled substance charge.

He remains lodged at the SCRCF with a $10,000 bond.

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