Trooper: Gun found after traffic stop


A handgun that had been reported stolen was found in a vehicle that an Arkansas State Police trooper stopped early Saturday morning for a traffic violation, according to a police report.

Frederick Darrough, 21, was one of three people inside a vehicle that Sgt. David Sims stopped on the parking lot of a convenience store at 2:43 a.m.

Sims reported that he was westbound on Pullen Street when a vehicle approached him with its headlights on high-beam. Sims reported that when he turned around, he could see that the tail lights on the vehicle were not working.

According to the police report, Sims noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and during a search, found a 9 millimeter handgun under a blanket in the right rear passenger floor board. The gun had been reported stolen in Pine Bluff.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Darrough after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a prior conviction.

Kearney told Darrough, who is on probation, to come back to court Feb. 25.

Darrough said he would hire his own attorney.

The other two people in the vehicle were charged with misdemeanor offenses.