Two men were arrested Friday after a traffic stop on Interstate 530 when a gun that had been reported stolen was found in their vehicle.
Alvin Chaffin, 21, and Kevonta Reynolds, 21, were in a vehicle that Arkansas State Trooper Justin Williams stopped near mile marker 32, State Police Special Agent Morris Knight said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Tuesday.
According to the affidavit, when Williams approached the vehicle, which was driven by Reynolds, he smelled an odor of intoxicating beverages, and Reynolds allegedly had a small bag of suspected marijuana in his lap.
After other troopers arrived, they searched the vehicle and found three handguns, one in the glove box, a second in a bag on the front passenger floorboard and the third under the front passenger seat.
Knight reported that one of the guns, a Hi-Point .380 caliber, had been reported stolen in Pine Bluff. After troopers confirmed that, Chaffin and Reynolds were arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Adult Detention Center.
When Chaffin was interviewed, he allegedly said he knew the guns were in the vehicle but did not know how they got there. He also allegedly said none of the guns belonged to him.
According to the affidavit, all three guns were in an area easily accessible to Chaffin.
Reynolds allegedly said he did not know how the guns got in the vehicle and none of them were his.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Chaffin and Reynolds after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with theft by receiving.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Chaffin. Reynolds was represented at the hearing by an attorney.