'Speeding' stop leads to Brooklyn drug bust
When Central Precinct officers took notice of a speeding blue Lincoln Town Car along S.E. Powell Boulevard near 20th Avenue at 1:39 a.m. on early on Friday morning, April 13, they didn't yet know it would lead to finding drugs and weapons.
"The officer performed the traffic stop and observed evidence that the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of intoxicants," reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.
Then another officer who arrived for backup became concerned after spotting a gun in the car near the passenger.
"As the investigation continued, officers located two loaded firearms, a knife, handcuffs, pepper spray, a baton, seven grams of cocaine, and $1000 – all of which was seized as evidence," Burley said.
The passenger, 34-year-old Micah Roy Rascoe, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 3:34 a.m. on two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, three counts of Carry Concealed Weapon, two counts of Possession of a Loaded Firearm, one count each of Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Theft in the First Degree, Possession of Cocaine, and Delivery of Cocaine. Having made bail on March 18, Rascoe was released from custody pending trial.
The driver, 50-year-old Khomphakanh Vondara, was lodged in MCDC at 4:27 a.m. that morning, and faced charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Reckless Driving. After his arraignment later that morning, Vondara was "Released on Own Recognizance" until his trial.