2 arrested for alleged drug, gun possession

Separate traffic stops during the weekend resulted in the arrests of two men, both of whom were carrying loaded firearms without a license, according to court records.

First to be taken into custody was Anthony Frank Dubose, 29, a resident of the Timberland Apartments, who was a passenger in a Pontiac Grand Prix that the county’s DUI Task Force stopped in the 900 block of Vine Avenue about 11:10 p.m. Saturday because of “several inspection violations.”

Dubose was ordered out of the car after an officer spotted a baggie protruding from Dubose’s right front pants pocket. It turned out the man was carrying a loaded stolen handgun and three baggies of marijuana, police said.

Arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Dubose was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The gun was reported stolen from Old Lycoming Township on Jan. 19, police said.

The second arrest involved Shadle Jordan Harman, 18, of 513 High St., whose Dodge Intrepid was stopped near West Third and Walnut streets about 5:15 p.m. Sunday because of a burned out brake light, city police said.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Patrolman Joshua Bell “detected a strong odor of a raw material emanating from the car,” according to an affidavit. The officer noticed both pockets of Harman’s pants were bulging, the affidavit stated.

Harman was ordered out of the car and searched, Bell said. Harman allegedly was carrying seven dime-sized bags of marijuana and 18 Percocet pills, Bell said. The car was impounded and then searched after police obtained a search warrant. A loaded handgun was located concealed between the driver’s seat and center console, Bell said.

Following his arraignment before Lepley on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of marijuana, Percocet and drug paraphernalia, Harman initially was jailed, but has since been released on $25,000 bail.