A Labadie man was charged with three felonies following a traffic stop Tuesday night in Washington.
Liam P. Killmade, 19, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit court with unlawful use of weapon and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Killmade was pulled over on E. Fifth Street near Fulton Street at around 9:30 p.m. Police said he was pulled over for a vehicle license violation.
The officer reported he noticed a strong smell or marijuana from inside the car. While talking, the officer reported he saw a backpack on the floorboard near Killmade’s feet.
The officer asked Killmade what was in the bag. The report said Killmade began going through the bag and the officer said he noticed a bag of suspected marijuana.
Backup was called and Killmade was told he would be placed under arrest. Killmade reportedly told the officer he thought marijuana had been decriminalized.
When a second officer arrived, Killmade was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. The officers began looking through the backpack.
Officers reported finding the original bag and second bag of what they believed was marijuana. Police also said they found a green plastic bag with a roll of cash and a third bag of possible marijuana.
Police also found 20 pills of Diazepam hidden in an ear bud container in the backpack. Diazepam, also called Valium, is a controlled substance.
A 9mm handgun was also found under the driver’s seat near the backpack, police said.
Killmade was taken to the police station. Police said he refused to answer any questions.
He is scheduled to be in court Thursday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m.