A man found sleeping in a parked vehicle with a gun on his lap has been arrested and now faces felony charges.
Steve Aldrich, 32, was found about 3:28 a.m. Nov. 17 in a car parked on Clara Street in Mongmong, according to the magistrate’s report.
Police woke him up and had him exit the vehicle. They retrieved his gun, a Cobra Colt .38-caliber special revolver, documents state. The firearm allegedly had no serial number but had six unexpended bullets in the cylinder, documents state.
Officers conducted a pat-down and found an object in Aldrich's pocket, which he allegedly admitted: “It's my meth, sir.”
The item was actually an improvised glass pipe with a white frost that was suspected to be methamphetamine, documents state.
Officers asked and received consent to search the vehicle after advising the defendant of his Miranda rights. Officers located a lighter, green heat-sealed straw and a baggie containing crystalline substance, also suspected to be methamphetamine, documents state.
The defendant allegedly told police he purchased the gun and bullets from a friend about a month ago for $300, but did not want to provide the name of the individual.
He also allegedly admitted to owning the drugs found on his person and that he bought them for $200 from another friend.
Aldrich was charged in court with possession of a firearm without an identification card and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, both as third-degree felonies.