Miami County, IN – A traffic stop on US 31 near State Road 218 West on May 4, 2019, at approximately 12:01 a.m. resulted in the arrest of a South Bend man on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Firearm without a License.
According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department Probable Cause Affidavit, Miami County Deputy Chet Sites conducted the traffic stop on a red Nissan passenger vehicle with Florida plates that had no lights illuminating to the rear of the vehicle.
After pulling over the vehicle and identifying the driver, Deputy Sites detected the odor of alcohol and marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office advised she had been drinking earlier but had very little at that time.
During his interaction with the driver of the vehicle, Deputy Sites asked if there were any firearms inside the vehicle. According to his report, the question was clearly audible to all three occupants of the vehicle. The driver replied no.
The driver was issued a portable breath test with a result of .00%. The driver then consented to a warrantless search of the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Sites located a small brown cigar filled with a green leafy plant like material in the center console. One of the back-seat passengers, identified as Raiquan C. Johnson, 23 of South Bend, IN advised that this was his marijuana.
Deputy Sites then continued his search of the vehicle and located a large bulge in a storage pocket on the back of the front passenger seat. In this pocket, Deputy Sites located a Jimenez Arms 9mm handgun. Deputy Sites took possession of the weapon and made it safe. This weapon had a round chambered and was ready to fire.
Mr. Johnson stated that this was his weapon. A check with Central Dispatch revealed that Mr. Johnson did not possess a permit to carry a firearm.
Raiquan C. Johnson, 23 of South Bend, IN was taken into custody on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Handgun without a License. He was transported to the Miami County Jail.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.