A traffic stop for reckless driving allegedly turned up a carload of guns and ammunition July 24.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Cameron Foister said he was sent to the 8000 block of New Highway 68 around 11 a.m. on a call of a silver Subaru running another car off the road in front of a Shell gas station.
Foister said when he arrived he saw the Subaru leaving the parking lot of the gas station and noticed it had an expired registration, so he pulled it over in front of the station.
Foister identified the driver as Michael Aaron Jenkins and said Jenkins claimed he didn’t have a license and couldn’t provide proof of insurance. Foister said Jenkins kept putting his hands down into the floorboard, so he asked him if there were any weapons or drugs in the car.
Jenkins said there wasn’t, but Foister still asked him to step out of the car, along with his female passenger. He then patted Jenkins down before calling dispatch and finding out Jenkins had a revoked driver’s license.
Foister said he placed Jenkins under arrest for driving on a revoked license and this time when he asked if there was anything in the car he should know about before searching it, Jenkins said there was a .22 caliber rifle in the trunk.
Foister started searching and reportedly found a .22 caliber handgun inside of a Cheetah print makeup bag with two bullets in it. The bag also had a spent cartridge and two rifle bullets.
In the trunk Foister found the rifle and 15 rounds of ammunition. He also found more bullets in the console between the front seats. Foister said Jenkins admitted he was a convicted felon.
Jenkins, 39, Ball Play Road, Madisonville, was charged with driving on a revoked license and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.