Task force nabs guns, drugs during traffic stops in northern St. Lucie

FORT PIERCE — A special summer law enforcement task force already is finding guns and drugs during routine traffic stops in northern parts of the city, according to arrest affidavits.

At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, members of the interagency task force stopped a mini van for failing to stop completely at the intersection of Avenue D and North 31st Street.

The car owner consented to a search that found a .38 caliber handgun and six bullets, all on the back seat, the reports state. One of the three rear seat passengers, who initially said there was nothing in the van, finally was quoted as saying the gun belonged to him, the reports state.

Port St. Lucie resident Everette Jackson, 22, of the 5700 block of North Macedo Boulevard, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a firearm, as well as possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Because the two other rear passengers — both with prior felony convictions — were near the gun, they also were arrested. Jethro Geneus, 23, of the 1600 block of North 29th Street, and Eril Merius, 27, of the 1400 block of North 16th Street, were charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Also, the driver was cited for not having a valid driver’s license.

In a separate incident on Virginia Avenue at 7 p.m. Sunday night, another .38-caliber handgun was found in a Ford Crown Victoria that investigators said was playing obscene music so loudly it could be heard a 100 yards away.

The driver, Cortez Ash, 22, of the 1700 block of 38th Street, Gifford, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, some of which the reports allege fell from his pants as he got out of the car. The gun was on the front seat.

In the glove compartment was ammunition for a AK-47 assault rifle, the reports state.

Two other weekend traffic stops ended with a 22-year-old male and a 31-year-old woman, both of Fort Pierce, being arrested on drug possession charges.


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