COLUMBIA, Mo. - An early morning traffic stop in Boone County led deputies to arrest a Columbia man for drug and weapon offenses Friday.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department said it happened just after 12:30 a.m., when they performed a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Oscar Ashford.
"While speaking to Ashford, the deputy developed reason to believe that a controlled substance existed inside the vehicle," said Sgt. Nikki Antimi. "A subsequent search of the vehicle led the deputy to locate a significant amount of marijuana and a handgun."
Antimi said the drugs were packaged in a way that is typical when they are being sold.
The department said Ashford is a convicted felon and is therefore not allowed to have a gun.
Ashford was arrested on suspicion of distributing a controlled substance, unlawfully possessing a firearm and unlawfully using a weapon while in possession of a controlled substance.
Ashford was booked into the Boone County Jail with combined bond amounts of more than $12,000.