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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A convicted felon faces drug and gun charges following a routine traffic stop made around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Authorities with the Wilmington Police Department said in a news release that an officer stopped a truck being driven by 30-year-old Yolanda Inez Feggins for not having a working license plate light in the 3010 block of Princess Place Drive, when a check of her license indicated that she had a history of possessing illegal narcotics.
As a result, the officer asked to search the truck and waited for backup to arrive on scene.
During this time, the truck’s passenger, 29-year-old Brandon Devone Smith of Southport, began urging Feggins not to allow a search.
When a second officer arrived, Smith began to get out of the truck. After he refused to get back inside, he was told to put his hands on top of the truck, but instead, he moved back towards the truck.
Subsequently, an officer took him to the ground, and officers searched the interior after smelling marijuana coming from the truck.
Inside the glove box, they found a silver revolver and a plastic bag with a white substance that later tested positive for cocaine.
Smith was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where he tried to get discard of a packet with a substance that turned out to be marijuana.
As a result, Smith was charged with the following:
Feggins was given a written warning for the license plate light and released.
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