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Traffic Stop Leads to Weapons Arrest on Route 13

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(John Geist; Photo credit: Delaware State Police) (John Geist; Photo credit: Delaware State Police)

CHESWOLD, Del. -- Delaware State Police say they arrested a Smyrna man after finding a loaded handgun during a traffic stop early Friday night.

At approximately 6:56 p.m., a Delaware State trooper was monitoring traffic on U.S. Route 13 near Messina Hill Road in Kent County, when the trooper stopped a white Nissan Maxima traveling northbound above the posted speed limit. Police say John Geist, 44, of Smyrna was pulled over, and after conducting a consensual search, the trooper found a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, as well as a loaded ammunition holder under the driver's seat. A background check was done on Geist, who was in violation of probation due to a previous felony conviction, authorities reported.

Geist was arrested and transported to Troop 9, where he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited. He was arraigned and released on $12,000 unsecured bail.

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