2 arrested after handguns, drugs found in car near Clark Lane, U.S. 63 intersection

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 4:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Two people were arrested late Monday night for possession of handguns and drug paraphernalia. 

Boone County deputies stopped a car around 11:50 p.m. near the intersection of Clark Lane and U.S. 63 and recognized the driver as a frequent offender with a revoked driver's license, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

When deputies approached the driver, Lester M. Johnson, 35, they knew he was on parole and that his driver's license was revoked, the news release said. Deputies also smelled marijuana and noticed that he was carrying an empty handgun holster.

Police searched the car and the two occupants and found two loaded handguns — one under each front seat — methamphetamine, marijuana, drug packaging material, drug paraphernalia, electronic scales and about $1,000 in cash, according to the news release.

Johnson was arrested on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and driving while suspended.

Stephanie M. Botts, 27, was also in the car and arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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