Birmingham, AL 10/31/2017
Deputies conducted a traffic stop last night that resulted in the seizure of two stolen handguns and an amount of marijuana.
Just after 10:15 last night deputies patrolling Highway 78 near East Thomas conducted a traffic stop of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro for a traffic violation. The male driver continued a short distance and pulled into an alley before attempting to flee on foot. He was taken into custody following a brief foot chase.
During the foot chase, the suspect dropped a backpack. After capturing the suspect deputies recovered the backpack which was found to contain two handguns that had been reported as stolen.
A search of the vehicle revealed a small bag of marijuana, digital scales, and a grinder.
The suspect was also found to have an outstanding warrant from the City of Hoover for failing to appear on a traffic violation.
The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Demario Thomas of Forestdale. He was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional charges related to the stolen guns are pending. The case will be reviewed with BATF for possible federal firearms charges.