Traffic stop leads to arrest for drugs, weapons

Sweet Home police found a large number of weapons as well as drugs during a routine traffic stop last week.

At approximately 2:42 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, a Sweet Home police officer conducting a routine traffic stop discovered a vehicle driven by a convicted felon contained a large number of weapons and drugs, said Police Chief Bob Burford.

Police arrested Denis Lee Parker, 31, of Sweet Home for possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of methamphetamines, felon in possession of firearms and unlawful possession of weapons.

During the traffic stop, as the officer talked with Parker, he noticed that Parker kept placing his hand in his front pocket, Burford said. When asked to remove his hand from his pocket, Parker complied and allegedly removed a plastic bag containing marijuana.

The officer subsequently arrested Parker, Burford said. Parker consented to a search of the vehicle. Police located four rifles, 27 knives, a machete, Ecstasy, marijuana, meth and a police scanner.

Police believe the firearms and other property found in the vehicle are stolen, and police are working with other agencies to locate the lawful owners, Burford said.

Parker was transported to Linn County Jail.