BPD makes two gun-related arrests over the weekend

The Bellefontaine Police Department made two separate arrests over the weekend involving guns.

On Friday night, officers watched an SUV pull out of the Super 8 Motel on North Main and proceed south without using headlights.

Police pulled over Ladarion Sutton and passenger Christopher McGee, both of Mississippi.

Authorities noticed two book bags on the floorboard near McGee’s feet.  They could also smell the odor of raw marijuana in the vehicle.

When officers asked McGee to step out of the vehicle he handed one of the bags to the driver.

When asked if there were any firearms inside the SUV they admitted there was one in the bag the driver was holding.

Inside the bag was a loaded Glock 9mm handgun along with a bag of marijuana.

Multiple packages of marijuana were found in the second bag.

The men admitted they drove to Michigan and purchased the marijuana from a dispensary.

Both admitted they do not have a medical marijuana card.

McGee was found to be a convicted felon and was recently indicted in Mississippi for possession of a stolen firearm.

He was placed under arrest and charged with improper handling of a firearm, weapons under disability, and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Saturday afternoon, police pulled over a truck pulling a trailer because the trailer did not have a license plate or brake lights.

After speaking with both men in the truck, police asked if there were any firearms in the vehicle.

The driver said no, but the passenger, Gene Schloss of St. Paris, raised his hand and told officers he had a gun in his jacket.

Schloss currently has an active civil protection order against him out of Shelby County.  The order states that Schloss is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Schloss told police he thought the order ended this year and said he did not know he couldn’t possess a firearm.

Gene Schloss was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm and transported to the Logan County Jail.

The driver was issued a warning for the trailer lights.