Moultrie Observer

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January 2, 2009

Teens charged after gun found in car

MOULTRIE — Four 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old were arrested after officers allegedly found a handgun in the car they were riding in Wednesday night.

Ladarian Dominique Simpson, 17, of 1957 Sylvester Highway, Lot 48; Ricardo Reshaun Nunn, 17, of 506 First St. N.W.; Tamorious Collins, 17, of 207 Hillcrest Ave., and Demetrius Antwaun Key, 17, of 117 Clay St., were each charged with underage possession of a firearm. Quinn Devon Walker, 18, of 146 Jeanette Lane, was charged with furnishing false information to police. Simpson was also charged with driving without a license, furnishing false information to police and speeding.

A Moultrie police officer on patrol spotted a Ford Contour allegedly speeding on Highway 133 South near the Sanderson Farms entrance at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday. The car was clocked going 62 mph in a 45-mph zone, and the officers pulled the car over in Regency Village.

The officer spoke with the driver, later identified as Simpson, who stated he knew he had been speeding and was sorry and was just nervous. He allegedly gave the officer a license and insurance card issued to Walker, and he was later placed under arrest for doing so.

While speaking with Simpson, the officer smelled possible burned marijuana and requested assistance from another officer and a K-9. The dog reacted as if it smelled marijuana but was unable to locate if any was in the car at the time of the traffic stop, and none was found during a later search.

Along with the officer and K-9, four other officers arrived at the scene and spoke with the four passengers, later identified as Walker, Nunn, Collins and Key. All four were searched for weapons, but none were found when Simpson and Walker were placed under arrest.

Following the arrest, officers searched the Contour and allegedly found an RG .22-caliber revolver in the rear. All of the occupants stated they did not know about the gun and were placed under arrest. All five were taken to Colquitt County Jail and the car was towed from the scene.

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