Tempe Police: Man denies having weapon in car, police still find it

Tempe Police reported the following incident Tuesday: 

A Phoenix man was arrested Oct. 25 on South Hardy Drive and Southern Avenue on suspicion of drug possession and misconduct with a weapon, according to a police report.

An officer pulled a car over where the man was a passenger, and asked if the vehicle contained any drugs or weapons, police reported. The men denied that there was anything illegal in the car multiple times, but the response made the officer uncomfortable, according to the report. 

A background check revealed that the man had a warrant from the City of Phoenix, and the officer informed him that he would be arrested, police reported. The man then admitted to having a weapon under his seat, according to the report.

While searching the vehicle, officers found the gun, marijuana and grape swisher sweets, police reported.

In an interview, the driver told officers that the marijuana belonged to the man and claimed that the man was a marijuana dealer whom he had only met recently, according to the report.

The man told officers he smokes weed at least once a day and carries the gun "just because," police reported.

The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, according to the report.

Reports compiled by Isabella Castillo.

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