Teen arrested after gun, marijuana found in car

A male 14-year-old was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center after police found a loaded gun with the serial number removed and marijuana during a traffic stop in the Center Grove area.

About 12:30 a.m. Monday, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a vehicle with five teens, ranging in age from 14 to 16 who were from Indianapolis and Greenwood, at Mullinix Road and Bluff Acres Drive, near State Road 37.

The teens told the deputy they had come from Garfield Park on the southside, and were taking two of the teens home, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy could smell marijuana in the vehicle and asked the teens if anything illegal was in the car, and the teens said no. The deputy told them he could smell marijuana and told the teens he was going to search the car. A 14-year-old boy in the passenger seat of the car told deputies he had marijuana, the report said.

Deputies searched the vehicle and also found a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat, and the serial number had been scratched off, the report said. Deputies also found a glass smoking device in the vehicle and a bag of marijuana on the 14-year-old, the report said.

The boy was arrested on charges of dangerous possession of a firearm, obliterating identifying marks on a handgun, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, according to the report. He was taken to the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.

All of the teens’ parents were called and came to the scene of the traffic stop, the report said.

The report will be sent to juvenile probation and the prosecutor’s office to determine what, if any, charges the other teens in the vehicle could face, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.