Mt. Juliet traffic stop leads to drug, weapons bust

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An early morning Mt. Juliet traffic stop leads to a drugs and weapons bust.  

Officers said they were conducting a routine traffic stop on Saundersville Road. A deputy noticed the odor of alcohol and narcotics coming from the vehicle and observed an open alcoholic container in the floorboard.  

After conducting a probable cause search, deputies found several illegal items in the car including one half ounce of crack cocaine, approximately 200 Xanax pills in an unmarked bottle, suspected ecstasy, digital scales, brass knuckles, and a loaded 9mm handgun.  

The driver, identified as 21-year-old Matthew Ryan Stewart of Old Hickory, Tennessee, was also carrying hundreds of dollars that included two counterfeit $100 bills.  

“A routine traffic stop is one of the most dangerous encounters that law enforcement can initiate because many times we don’t know beforehand what type of person we are dealing with or what is inside the vehicle,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Deputy Kinslow relied on his training and was able to take illegal drugs and weapons out of the hands of someone that definitely would pose a threat to the public or a law enforcement officer.” 

Stewart, a convicted felon, was arrested on numerous drugs and weapons charges. He is being held on $27,000 bond in the Wilson County Jail.  

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