Staff Writer

A Sunday evening traffic stop on Hancock County 140 resulted in the arrests of two area men for allegedly possessing drugs and stolen guns, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The driver, Justin Stover, 27, of Belmore, was charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and improper handling of a firearm inside a motor vehicle, a first-degree misdemeanor.

His passenger, Dominec Abbott, 22, of Haskins, was charged with possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; possession of schedule I and II drugs, each third-degree felonies; drug paraphernalia possession, a third-degree misdemeanor; and a minor misdemeanor count of possessing marijuana.

Both men were taken to the Hancock County jail.

According to the sheriff’s office, a headlight violation resulted in a traffic stop of a SUV at 8:26 p.m. Sunday on Hancock County 140, north of Ohio 12.

Two firearms that reportedly had been stolen were found in the vehicle, the sheriff’s office reported.

According to a report, Stover allegedly told a deputy that he had a gun inside the SUV.

The sheriff’s deputy then discovered that Stover’s concealed carry license had expired.

An odor of raw marijuana was noted in the vehicle, and methamphetamine and a drug pipe allegedly were found in Abbott’s possession.

Seventeen grams of marijuana and five grams of methamphetamine were confiscated from the SUV, the sheriff’s office said.

Abbott also was wanted under a warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

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