2 arrested on multiple charges during traffic stop in Macon County

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MACON COUNTY - The Macon County Sheriff's Office says two men were arrested Tuesday evening after deputies allegedly found a handgun and drugs in a vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

According to police sworn statements, Macon County Sheriff's Deputies stopped a vehicle that was traveling southbound on Route 51 at about 7:11 p.m.  Police say the stop was initiated as deputies believed the driver's vision could be obstructed by cords that were hanging from the vehicle's rear view mirror.

Authorities say during the traffic stop, a deputy noticed several shiny packages that he believed to be synthetic cannabis.  Deputies say a K-9 unit was called in, and after the driver and passenger were informed that they were being detained, the driver allegedly told deputies that his passenger had a warrant out for his arrest.  Deputies also say the K-9 unit that arrived on scene detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office says deputies then searched the vehicle, where they allegedly found several packages of suspected synthetic marijuana on the floorboard, along with two glass smoking devices, several bottles of prescription medication, two bags of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, a handgun, and ammunition.  Deputies also say that neither the driver, identified as Walter Norman, 44, or the passenger, identified as Devin Pinkston, 26, had a valid FOID card.

Police say both Norman and Pinkston were taken into custody.  Norman is facing preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm without a FOID card, and armed violence.

We will provide more updates as they become available.

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