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Teen arrested for concealing handgun during traffic stop 

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The 16-year-old has been arrested multiple times in the past.
by: Brittany Kershaw Public Affairs Manager, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies have arrested a 16-year-old Bunnell resident for concealing a firearm during a traffic stop.

During a routine traffic stop for a stop sign violation on Thursday evening, July 23, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with the driver and a 16-year-old passenger.

The vehicle emitted a strong odor of marijuana, and the driver did not have her driver’s license with her.

The occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle for a probable cause search due to the marijuana odor and the admission that they had smoked marijuana in the car a short time earlier.

During a pat-down, the 16-year-old had to be told multiple times to stop reaching toward his shorts and to keep his hands on the roof of the vehicle. A loaded semi-automatic pistol was found concealed within his boxers. 

“A juvenile with a gun and drugs is a recipe for a disaster,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “His criminal history at just 16 years old shows that he needs immediate and strong intervention if he’s going to turn his life around. I hope that the courts and DJJ are able to get him the help that he desperately needs to get his life on the right path. This was another great job by our P.A.C.E. Unit.”

The teen gave conflicting stories on where he’d gotten the firearm. He was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Minor. He was booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Daytona Beach. 

He has previous arrests in Flagler County for Battery, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Carrying a Concealed Firearm. 

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