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Caseyville police arrest two men on gun, drug charges

Jemere Taylor (left) and Jeff Benson (right) were both arrested on separate, unrelated incidents and charged with unlawfully possessing a gun and possessing a controlled substance.
Jemere Taylor (left) and Jeff Benson (right) were both arrested on separate, unrelated incidents and charged with unlawfully possessing a gun and possessing a controlled substance.

Caseyville police say they found two men this month — during unrelated incidents — with stolen handguns and cocaine in their cars.

Officers were patrolling a neighborhood Nov. 13 when they came upon 38-year-old Jeff Benson in a “suspicious” car at a vacant house, according to a Caseyville Police Department Facebook post early Thursday morning.

The post stated officers contacted Benson, who is from Memphis, Tennessee, and discovered he had an active arrest warrant issued by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Officers also reported finding a stolen handgun and cocaine in his car.

Benson was charged Nov. 15 with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Facebook post.

He is being held on a $40,000 bail.

According to another Facebook post, about a week after police arrested Benson, Caseyville officers pulled a man over for a “routine traffic stop” in the parking lot of Hardees.

During that stop, officers reported finding Jemere Taylor, 26, in the car with cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun.

Taylor was charged Monday with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

He is being held on a $50,000 bail.

As of Thursday morning, both men were still listed as inmates at the St. Clair County jail.

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