Stop nets meth possession charge
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:00 AM
What was believed to be methamphetamine along with an illegally-modified, fully-automatic handgun and an arsenal of other legal weapons were seized during a traffic stop Sunday, the authorities said.
Chief Bill Cox, left, and police officer Tavaras Smith with an arsenal of legal weapons and an illegally-modified weapon seized during a traffic stop that resulted in a meth charge Sunday.
Jason Thrash, 33, of 211 west Hospital Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
"Other charges are pending," officer Tavaras Smith said, noting the case remains under investigation.
Philadelphia Chief of Police Bill Cox said the traffic stop was part of an ongoing drug investigation.
"The police department is actively working on narcotic crimes in the city," Cox said. "This arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into a network of methamphetamine trafficking in the city."
The state Bureau of Narcotics is assisting in the investigation, he said.
Also seized in the arrest was a range of legal weapons, including several long guns and two AK-47s; two handguns and 500 rounds of ammunition loaded into clips.
The illegally-modified weapon was a MAC-11.
Thrash was driving a Chevrolet Z-71 when he was stopped by police officers Tavaras Smith and Larry Smith about 5 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Main Street and Byrd Avenue.
During the stop, officers seized what was believed to be the methamphetamine and several weapons "strategically placed" throughout the truck, Tavaras Smith said.
"They were placed so he could always get a hold of them," he said.
After the stop, officers executed a warrant to search Thrash's house, where they seized additional weapons and ammunition as part of the ongoing drug investigation.
"Ninety percent of what we seized was in the truck," Smith said. "He [Thrash] said he 'liked to be prepared.'"
Thrash had an enhanced concealed carry permit, Smith said.
However, under current law, it is illegal for a citizen to possess a fully automatic firearm, Chief Cox said.
Also seized in the arrest were knives, a bulletproof vest, scales and explosive gun targets.
Smith noted the targets, while not illegal to own, could be used with other items to create a larger explosive.
Besides the methamphetamine and modified gun, the other items were obtained legally, Tavaras Smith said.
Thrash was not violating any laws by simply stockpiling weapons in his truck, Smith said.
Thrash was released from Neshoba County jail on $20,000 bond.