MILLERSBURG -- A Newcomerstown man denied criminal charges he was in the possession of drugs and a gun during a March traffic stop.
Kristopher L. Lanning, 31, of 420 Pearl St., pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to trafficking in marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and turning at an intersection.
If convicted, Lanning faces up to 18 months in prison for the most serious offense.
The charges stem from a March 19 traffic stop near the intersection of County Roads 160 and 77, where a deputy observed a driver failing to yield from a stop sign and then execute a U-turn in the middle of County Road 77, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun.
Approached by a deputy, Lanning opened the vehicle's glove box to retrieve the registration, at which time the officer observed a .45-caliber in the compartment, said Haun.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies found three magazines of ammunition in the center console and marijuana, to which a K-9 alerted, on the passenger seat.
They also found paraphernalia indicative of drug trafficking.
Lanning is next scheduled to appear in court for a June 15 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for July 31.
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