URBANA — A Champaign man is due back in court Feb. 19 after police found a loaded gun in a car during a traffic stop.
Mashaun A. Jackson, 19, who listed an address in the 2000 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, was charged on Monday with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
According to a police report, a state trooper stopped a car at 6:33 p.m. Sunday on Bradley Avenue near Mattis Avenue because it was clocked going 44 mph in a 35 mph zone.
When the trooper made contact with the driver, he noticed the odor of suspected marijuana coming from inside the car.
As a result of that, the trooper began to search the car. While no marijuana was found, the officer did find a loaded semiautomatic pistol in the center console.
Jackson denied knowing anything about the gun. Police then arrested Jackson and took him to the Champaign County Jail.