TAWAS CITY – Mason William Stafford, 21, Swartz Creek, was arrested by the Michigan State Police (MSP) on Aug. 3 and now faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
He was lodged in the Iosco County jail and released the same day on a $10,000 bond.
Stafford faces one felony count of carrying a concealed weapon, punishable by five years incarceration or $2,500; one felony count of possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams, punishable by four years in prison and/or fines of $25,000; a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while license is suspended; and one misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon without a license.
According to court records, an MSP trooper observed a vehicle traveling north on US-23, which appeared to be exceeding the speed limit of 55 miles per hour. When the trooper activated his radar, he alleges that the driver, Stafford, was traveling at 70 miles per hour.
A traffic stop was initiated and the trooper claims that he smelled a slight odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
When asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Stafford said no, but allegedly told police there was a handgun inside his center console.
According to the MSP, Stafford was asked for his Concealed Pistol License, but he advised he did not have one.
The responding trooper asked Stafford for consent to search the vehicle, to which he allegedly replied, “go ahead.”
Upon searching the vehicle, the trooper claims to have located a loaded revolver in the console, which came back with no record. Further, there were no results when checking for firearms registered to Stafford.
The trooper states that he also located a cigarette box in the vehicle which allegedly contained six packets of suspected heroin.
When Stafford was questioned about the contents of the cigarette pack, he allegedly admitted it was heroin.
The trooper also reports that records show Stafford with a suspended license from July 24, 2018.