Traffic stop leads to drug, firearm charges for Va. Beach man
SALISBURY, Md. – Police say they arrested a Virginia Beach man Friday night on numerous charges following a traffic stop.
Just before 10 p.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation on N. Salisbury Blvd at Priscilla Street. On contact with the driver, 45-year-old Gerald Savage, a odor of raw marijuana was detected coming from inside the vehicle, and a search of the vehicle was conducted. The deputy found marijuana in the center console, as well as a loaded semi-automatic pistol with a second loaded magazine in the side pocket of the driver’s door. An additional empty magazine and body armor were found in the trunk.
A computer check revealed that Savage was prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm due to a previous criminal conviction.
Savage was arrested and charged with handgun in vehicle, possession of a regulated firearm by a prohibited person, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of a regulated firearm after conviction of a crime of violence, possession of bulletproof body armor after a conviction of a crime of violence, and handgun on person. He was held without bond.