A Rock Island man faces felony narcotics charges after a Sunday afternoon traffic stop yielded an estimated pound of meth and illegal weapons.
The suspect, Darrell Jerome Gurley, 42, is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
His charges come after Trooper Jason Boles stopped Gurley’s Honda Accord on Viola Highway (Highway 108) in Viola for a registration violation. During the traffic stop, the highway patrolman noticed a gun case in plain view in the rear seat. It was then determined Gurley is a convicted felon and is forbidden from possessing a firearm.
“He admitted to being a convicted felon and possessing two loaded firearms inside the vehicle,” Boles said.
Gurley was arrested for carrying the weapons and Boles was about to inventory the guns and ammunition when he came across a paper bag.
“It contained approximately one pound of crystal meth,” the trooper said, noting his attention then turned to the front seat, where another gun was recovered.
It was at that point the trooper was met with another surprise when he came across a cigarette pack which did not contain cigarettes.
“A cigarette pack was discovered in the passenger seat with approximately two grams of marijuana,” the trooper noted.
Gurley is being held at Warren County Jail under $90,000 bond and will be arraigned Thursday before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke.