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Police: Virginia man found passed out in car

Strother allegedly had gun, drugs

A Virginia man is in jail after police say he was passed out in a car with drugs and a gun.

Devron A. Strother, 23, of Strasburg, Va., was taken into custody about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after Altoona police were dispatched to the 900 block of Second Avenue Alley and allegedly found Strother passed out behind the wheel with marijuana on his lap and a pipe in his hand, according to the charges.

Police allege a female was also in the car and also passed out.

When Strother was asked to step out of the vehicle, he was asked if he had an weapons or sharp objects on him. Strother allegedly admitted he had a gun, which was either in the car or on him, and when he was searched, police said a Ruger .380 handgun was found in his pocket. The gun didn’t have a magazine in it or a round in the chamber.

Two magazines, one loaded with seven rounds and theother loaded with five rounds, were located on the center console of the Strother’s Virginia-registered Nissan sedan, police noted. Two boxes of ammunition were also found in the glove box.

Police said Strother told officers the gun was his and in his name but no record of the gun was found after a check of the gun’s serial number.

Strother is not licensed to carry a gun, police added.

During a search of the car, officers allegedly found a packet of suspected heroin on the floor under the driver’s seat and a folded, counterfeit $100 bill that allegedly contained methamphetamine in the center console. Another counterfeit $100 bill was found that was rolled up with white powder residue on it, police pointed out.

Strother was arraigned Saturday morning on charges that include felony carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a controlled substance. He was jailed in lieu of 10 percent of $35,000 bail and is scheduled to appear at Central Court on Wednesday.

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