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Logan Township Police Department
September 18, 2015
Police here have charged a Chester, Pa. man with various weapons offenses following a vehicle stop on Rt. 130 N/B in the Bridgeport section of the Township.
The arrest took place at approximately 6:00 p.m. Thursday (9/17) when Ptlm. Ryan Ragone conducted a motor vehicle stop for various violations, including speeding and failure to stop, that occurred while the suspect was operating a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria on High Hill Road.
While speaking with the driver, 30 y/o Leslie Spaulding Jr., Ragone detected an odor of both burnt and raw marijuana. A subsequent search of the vehicle located a loaded .45 Taurus semi-automatic handgun that was secreted beneath the driver seat. The gun had a round in the chamber, and the magazine contained 10 hollow point rounds. Further investigation revealed that the handgun had been reported stolen to Chester Police in April of 2014.
The vehicle was impounded while a warrant was sought and executed. Items seized incident to the search warrant execution included marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a 22” machete, and an additional loaded magazine.
Spaulding was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point rounds, receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was processed and committed to the Salem County Jail in default of $75,000 full cash bail.