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Traffic Stop in Mt. Vernon Leads to Juvenile’s Arrest on Weapons, Drug Charges

MT. VERNON – A traffic stop Monday in the 3900 block of Broadway in Mt. Vernon resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old juvenile on weapons and drug charges.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, around 8:30 p.m. Monday, a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing the vehicle commit two violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

During the traffic stop, officers made contact with a 16 year old passenger and reportedly determined the juvenile was in possession of a loaded handgun. An additional search located quantities of cocaine and cannabis in the 16 year olds property.

The 16 year old was arrested on charges of Armed Violence, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver between 30 and 500 grams, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver between 1 gram and 15 grams, and Unlawful Use of a Firearm.

The juvenile was detained at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention facility pending court in Jefferson County.