Traffic stop results in gun and drug charges

NEWTON CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a routine traffic stop resulted in charges for a Chicago man.
ISP officials say that on Friday morning, a trooper from the Lowell post stopped a 2020 Nissan Altima for several traffic violations on U.S. 41 in Newton County. As the officer spoke to the male driver, he immediately detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A police K9 also alerted to the presence of a controlled substance being in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in over two pounds of marijuana being located as well as a large quantity of Hydrocodone pills and a baggie of a white substance. The substance later field tested positive for cocaine. A loaded 9mm Luger handgun was also located and submitted as evidence. The driver, identified as Phashun Lavonne Davis, 28, from Chicago, IL, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Newton County Jail. A female passenger was released from the scene. The vehicle was impounded by Village Motors Towing.

Mr. Davis is preliminarily facing the following *charges:

Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance- Level 2 Felony
Possession of Cocaine- Level 6 Felony
Carrying a Handgun Without a License- Class A Misdemeanor
Possession of a Controlled Substance- Class A Misdemeanor
Dealing Marijuana- Class A Misdemeanor
Possession of Marijuana- Class B Misdemeanor
All persons named in this release are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. All charges mentioned are merely accusations, actual charges will be determined by the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office.

*Indiana State Police remind that all charges are merely allegations, and all criminal defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.