KEELER TOWNSHIP, Mich- Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies discovered a handgun and magazines in a truck, during a traffic stop. The traffic stop happen on M-152 just east of 70th street in Keeler Township.
According to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, deputies while on routine patrol stopped a vehicle for driving onto the fog line numerous times and for a vision obstruction. During the traffic stop and further investigation, deputies conducted a consent search of the vehicle.
The search revealed one 9 mm semi-auto Springfield handgun and two loaded magazines inside the vehicle. The driver/suspect stated he believed he could transport the weapon even without a CCW permit if the firearm and ammunition were separated. This was not legal, this as the subject had both within arms reach of where he was seated.
The handgun/magazines were seized as evidence and the suspect was released at the scene pending criminal charges from the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office.
A person convicted of CCW could face a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and/or $2,500.00 in fines; also a mandatory forfeiture of the weapon.