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Retired trooper's service weapon found during traffic stop

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James Carter (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office) James Carter (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Kershaw County Sheriff's deputies say they recovered a service weapon belonging to a retired state trooper during a traffic stop on Interstate 20 this week.

Sheriff Jim Matthews says deputies pulled over 21-year-old James Carter from Columbia Tuesday for a traffic violation.

As the deputy asked Carter to get out of the car, the officer noticed marijuana on the seat.  As the deputy searched the vehicle, more marijuana and a .357 revolver were found.

The revolver was inscribed with the seal of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. After tracing the serial number, deputies determined the gun had been stolen from a retired North Carolina State Trooper.  He had been given the weapon as a retirement gift.

Carter told deputies he bought the gun in North Carolina. He was charged with possession of a stolen handgun and possession of marijuana.

Carter was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

"Our traffic officers are not only making our roads safer, but they are making numerous arrests of felons, fugitives, drug dealers and other criminals," says Matthews. "They routinely seize drugs, weapons from individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms, stolen property and stolen vehicles."

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