Three charged with having guns on bus

Three charged with having guns on bus

CHAMPAIGN — Three men found to have loaded guns on a commercial bus in Champaign on Thursday have been criminally charged.

Eliyah Newson-Smith, 20, of Stockbridge, Ga., Drake Murray, 29, of Chicago and Miquel Myles, 33, of Jonesboro, Ga., were arrested by Illinois State Police who were doing safety sweeps at the downtown Champaign transportation depot Thursday.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said a preliminary report from state police said a trooper encountered a man with a backpack. The trooper asked for permission to search it and the man agreed. The trooper found a loaded gun in the bag.

Carlson said while police were dealing with that man, a second man saw what was going on and put a loaded handgun under his seat on the bus.

Both those men admitted that the guns police had found belonged to them, Carlson said.

State troopers then decided to pull all the luggage off the bus and had everyone identify their respective bags. In one that had not been claimed, police found a third loaded gun which they later learned belonged to a convicted felon from Georgia.

Myles was charged with unlawful use of weapon by a felon for having the gun in the bag that was under the bus.

Murray and Newson-Smith were each charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. One of the counts alleges possession of a loaded gun in a vehicle; the other alleges that the owner did not have a valid firearm owner's identification card.

All three men were taken to the county jail early Thursday evening and were arraigned Friday on the felony counts.

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jdmac44 wrote on June 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

It's so often fortunate that criminals don't know their rightful option to deny a search of ones belongings.  Blows me away that they don't decline more often.

sweet caroline wrote on June 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

This is bone-chilling.  It's starting to feel like we live in some third world country where terrorists carry weapons onto buses.

Joe American wrote on June 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

That's funny.  If you've ever gone out of state and eaten in a restaurant, walked through a park. or shopped for groceries. you likely walked right next to law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons.  And if you haven't, you will shortly. 

FLMOPE wrote on June 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm
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Criminals carrying guns is scary. Almost as scary as random warrantless searches without probable cause.