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Swansea Police arrest three men on gun charges after traffic stop

Police arrested three adults on weapons charges and petitioned for the delinquency of their 16-year-old female companion after a traffic stop early Wednesday morning. Police confiscated three handguns and ammunition, according to a statement posted Saturday on the Swansea Police Facebook page.

The incident began when a Swansea Police officer, on regular patrol, had stopped at a traffic light at the corner of North 17th Street and State Rte. 161. A 2006 Silver Honda passenger vehicle drove through the red light in front of his marked police vehicle. The officer stopped the car and, as he approached it, noticed a large amount of smoke pouring out of it that smelled like cannabis.

The driver, Jaylin O. Crenshaw, stated his driver’s license was suspended. He was taken into custody. The two other adult males and juvenile in the car were also taken into custody after one of the males was discovered to have in his possession a glass marijuana pipe, three bags containing small amounts of marijuana and a .40-caliber pistol with 14 live rounds.

A further search vehicle revealed two more hand guns — a 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol with 14 live rounds under the driver’s seat and and .22-caliber revolver stolen from Colorado that was hidden under a passenger seat, according to police.

Charged were Crenshaw, of Florissant, Mo., on aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and violation of the Controlled Substance Act; Omar Brooks, 20, of Belleville, on aggravated unlawful use of a weapon; and Elijah J. Hagans, 23, of Florissant, Mo., on aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The three are being held in jail in lieu of bond set, respectively, at $25,000, $20,000 and $10,000. Their 16-year-old companion was transported to a residence in Cahokia.

Mike Fitzgerald: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000

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