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License checkpoint in Talladega yields guns, weed

Tommy Deante Kelley facing charges

Tommy Deante Kelley, 28, of Talladega, was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and no insurance. He did not have a bond yet as of Wednesday afternoon.

TALLADEGA -- A driver’s license checkpoint set up by Talladega police Tuesday at Howard and Bellview streets led to three arrests, including one on a charge of felony marijuana possession.

The first stop leading to an arrest, according to Capt. Leon Thomas, was of a 2003 Accura. The driver admitted that there was a handgun in the car, and that he did not have a license for it, Thomas said.

In fact, the trunk of the car contained a loaded silver and black Jimenez 9 mm handgun, a black Mossberg 702 rifle, a blue plastic face mask and a “Scream” mask.

The driver was arrested for having a handgun without a permit, Thomas said.

The second arrest, made at the same intersection a short while later, began with the stop of as 2005 Chevrolet Blazer. The officer making the stop noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The driver then presented an expired insurance card.

At this point, the officer noticed what appeared to be a gun under the driver’s seat and asked the driver to get out of the vehicle. While the officer was leaning in, the driver put the vehicle in gear and was going to try and drive off. The officer was able to get the vehicle back in park.

The driver, Tommy Deante Kelley, 28, of Talladega, was arrested.

A search of the vehicle turned up a black Alabama backpack, which, in turn, contained a Crown Royal bag containing a glass jar of marijuana, small plastic bags and a set of digital scales. The gun under the seat was a Glock .40 with a 22 round magazine, a pistol grip AR-15 with a 30 round magazine, a black pouch containing a loaded 100 round magazine of 5.56 ammunition, a 100 round of 7.62 ammunition in the back seat and a magazine containing .40 caliber rounds.

Kelley was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and no insurance. He did not have a bond yet as of Wednesday afternoon.

The third vehicle stopped, just a few minutes after Kelley’s, was a blue Mercury Marquis. Again, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana and later found a jar of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver claimed ownership of it and was arrested on misdemeanor marijuana possession, Thomas said.

Possession of marijuana in the first degree is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

The Daily Home does not generally name suspects charged only with misdemeanor offenses.