Traffic stop leads to meth, stolen gun charges

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Wayne County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man from the Dudley community on felony drug and firearms charges.

Gary Willis, 32, of 1201 Arrington Bridge Road, was charged after being stopped for a traffic violation shortly after midnight Friday. Deputies said they smelled marijuana in Willis’ car.

After a search of the vehicle, deputies charged Willis with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen weapon and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

Investigators said the gun found in Willis’ vehicle had been reported stolen in Sampson County.

Willis has a history of criminal convictions in Wayne and Lenoir counties dating to 2002. He most recently served prison time after his probation was revoked on February 2011 convictions of felony breaking and entering and attaining habitual felon status. He was released in September 2014, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.

Willis was booked into the Wayne County Detention Center in Goldsboro under a combined $250,000 secured bond.

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