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Traffic stop, pursuit in Stafford result in seizure of guns, drugs

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Guns and drugs

Stafford County Sheriff’s Office says it recovered 16 firearms, several fully loaded magazines, 10 pounds of marijuana, over 1,000 fentanyl pills, four bottles of liquid Promethazine Codeine and more than $20,000 cash during a search of a Stafford County home.

Damion M. Lambert

Damion M. Lambert

A large amount of guns, drugs and cash were seized following a pursuit in Stafford on Wednesday that started out as a routine traffic stop, police said.

The incident started at 10 a.m., when Sgt. A.I. Assur attempted to stop a white Kia sedan on Staffordboro Boulevard near a McDonald’s, Sheriff’s Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said. After the deputy turned on his emergency lights, the driver turned into the fast-food restaurant and drove slowly around the building.

Kimmitz said the driver took a second spin around McDonald’s, this time at a faster speed. During that spin, the driver tossed a satchel into the parking lot, and a gun, cash and a plastic baggie spilled out of the bag, police said.

Another deputy was sent to collect the items from the parking lot while Assur followed the driver onto Staffordboro Boulevard. The driver sped up to 70 mph before turning into Sunningdale Meadows, Kimmitz said.

The driver then turned onto Westminster Lane, where he abandoned the vehicle and ran into the neighborhood.

Deputy J.H. Truslow brought his K–9 dog, Rip, to the area to begin a track. Rip tracked the driver to the 300 block of Wimbledon Court, where the suspect lives.

During a search of the suspect’s home and the discarded satchel, police recovered 16 firearms, more than 20 fully loaded magazines, 10 pounds of marijuana, more than 1,000 fentanyl pills, four bottles of liquid Promethazine Codeine and more than $20,000 cash. One of the guns had been illegally modified to be fully automatic, Kimmitz said.

Damion M. Lambert, 24, is charged with possession of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm as a felon, eluding, possession of a firearm while possessing drugs, reckless handling of a firearm and driving without a license.

He is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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