Off duty officers arrest man on drug and gun charges

Off-duty police officers working on the parking lot of P.J.’s Nightclub early Saturday morning stopped a car that was reportedly being driven recklessly, and arrested a passenger in the car or drug and weapons charges.

Deshon Cobbs, 29, who is on parole and has charges pending against him, had two bags containing marijuana and a loaded handgun, Vice and Narcotics Detective Richard McCorvy reported in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Monday.

Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said McCorvy and other officers were working off-duty and stopped the car, and when one of them approached the passenger side, smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

McCorvy reported that Cobbs had marijuana residue in his lap, and when he was removed from the vehicle, police found two plastic bags, one containing 24 individual plastic bags with approximately one gram of marijuana each in them, and another plastic bag containing 10 individual bags of marijuana, each also containing approximately one gram of marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana was listed as 41 grams.

In addition, Reed said Cobbs had a .9-millimeter handgun with 10 bullets in it in the waistband of his pants.

Cobbs has charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm pending against him, prosecutors reported.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $75,000 bond for Cobbs after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Cobbs told the judge he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Jan. 7.