Felon caught with “assault” rifle after failure to display tags properly

22-year-old Jermond Benson was charged with possession of marijuana, felon possession of a handgun, violation of financial and registration laws, and no driver’s license during a traffic stop for improper tags.

On September 2nd, Shelby County Deputy Buford observed a silver Lexus LS 400 with tags that were not properly displayed and void of information. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Mendenhall Road near Knight Arnold Road. Buford pulled the vehicle in question over and identified the driver as Jermond Benson, who was the only person in the vehicle. The deputy asked Benson for his driver’s license and insurance, but he had neither. Buford ran Benson through NCIC and discovered he had four felony warrants.

Jermond Benson (SCSO)
Jermond Benson (SCSO)

Buford took Benson into custody and found a leafy green substance in his pocket during the pat-down. This substance field-tested positive for marijuana. Benson then spontaneously uttered her had an assault rifle underneath the driver’s seat and was a convicted felon. Buford located the AR15 underneath the seat and Deputy Ezell cleared the weapon.

The AR15 was discovered to have a round chambered and 15 additional rounds in the magazine. Benson pled guilty to aggravated burglary and two counts of theft of property on May 1st, 2017. Once transported to Ridgeway Station, Benson signed a form confessing to knowing about the weapon in his vehicle and that it belonged to him.

Jermond Benson was arrested and charged with felon possession of a handgun, possession of marijuana, violation of financial and registration laws, no driver’s license, and improper display of registration. His bond was set at $8,000.

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