Chattanooga police take multiple guns off the streets after questioning two suspicious people
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – A verified gang member and another man are both facing illegal weapons and drug charges after a traffic stop in Chattanooga.
Malcolm Johnson, 22, of Chattanooga and Clifford Lindsey, 18, of Chattanooga are both facing three counts of unlawful gun possession charges and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, Tuesday afternoon a Chattanooga patrol officer noticed the driver of a White Nissan vehicle trying to avoid him by abruptly changing lanes while the squad car was behind it.
The vehicle eventually pulled behind local credit union where according to the officer, Johnson and Lindsey quickly exited the vehicle and began walking away from it.
The officer noted in his report that in his experience, parties involved in illegal activity often try go quickly distance themselves from illegal items.
The officer exited his squad car and asked both men if they were lost.
According to the affidavit, during the course of a few questions, both men appeared to be nervous and were not able to answer the officer’s questions without appearing suspicious.
Johnson reportedly told the officer they were lost and offered to show the officer his driver’s license.
When the officer ran information on both men, neither of them had warrants but the background on Johnson revealed he had a history of arrest for narcotics possession. The background check also revealed that Johnson had been verified by law enforcement intelligence as a member of the Gangsta Disciples street gang.
The officer noted in his report that CPD has been recently investigating multiple shootings and homicides involving GD’s.
When asked if there were any weapons or narcotics in the car, both men reportedly began to get very nervous and told the officer the vehicle had no weapons inside.
The officer called for a K-9 unit to assist him at the scene while engaging in a brief conversation with both men who at the time were not being detained. When the drug sniffing dog arrived on scene, it immediately picked up the scent for narcotics which gave the officer probable cause to search the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, the officer located a JC Higgins model 20 pump shotgun with two 12 gauge cartridges and a Bolt Action Shotgun H&R model 349 in the rear floorboards. When the officer checked under the passenger seat, he located a Thompson Center Arms 7-30 Waters with a scope.
Officers also located a narcotics pipe and a lock box that the K-9 picked up a positive hit for illegal drugs. A search warrant is expected to be used to search the box so more charges are pending.
Both men told officers they knew nothing about the drugs and the weapons.
Hamilton county court records show that Johnson had been convicted of theft back in 2014.