Three people are facing weapons charges, including a parolee out of Illinois, after an Iowa State Patrol officer recovered a stolen weapon out of a vehicle he stopped for speeding Wednesday night.
Marcheal Shaniece Brooks, 19, of 3539 Heatherton Drive, Davenport, is charge with one count of trafficking in stolen weapons, a Class D felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to five years. She also is charged with carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.
Joseph Jamaal Johnson, 33, of 301 W. 6th St., Davenport, and Michael Sanchez Davis, Jr., 28, of 534 S. 1st St., Eldridge, each are charged with one count of trafficking in stolen weapons and possession of a firearm by felon. Each of the charges carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
Johnson is currently on parole out of Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois. Johnson was serving a four-year prison sentence out of Cook County, Illinois, for a conviction in 2013 for manufacture and delivery of heroin. The Illinois parole authorities could choose to revoke his parole and send him back to prison.
According to the arrest affidavits filed by the Iowa State Patrol, at 9:02 p.m. Wednesday, the trooper was sitting stationary at the 302 mile marker on Interstate 80 when an eastbound 1997 Cadillac Seville was clocked at 97 mph in a 65 mph zone.
The trooper was able to stop the vehicle at the 300 mile marker. While at the passenger side window of the vehicle talking with Brooks, who was the driver, the trooper noticed a strong smell of marijuana.
After explain to Brooks that she was stopped for speeding, the trooper asked her about the marijuana. Brooks said she had no marijuana, according to the affidavit.
When a backup car arrived, the trooper had Johnson, who was the front seat passenger, and Davis, who was in the back seat, sit in the other squad car while a probable cause search was made of Brooks’ vehicle.
During the search, the trooper found a loaded KAHR .45-caliber pistol behind the passenger’s seat.
A records check confirmed that the gun was stolen out of Davenport.
None of the passengers in the car claimed to know anything about the gun, or that it was in the car, according to the arrest affidavit.
Federal authorities could take over the weapons charges on three and charge each of them under the Department of Justice initiative Project Safe Neighborhoods. Instituted in 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Justice Department initiative to reduce gun violence.
It is a federal offense for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. It also is a federal gun crime for anyone to purchase or possess a stolen firearm.
There also is no parole in the federal prison system.
Brooks, Johnson and Davis each were being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail on $10,000 bond, cash or surety.