Thursday, August 4, 2022

Traffic stop results in drug, firearm charges for driver

An Inkster man is facing drug and weapons charges following a routine traffic stop by Dearborn Heights police.

Derun Edward Wright, 26, of Inkster was arraigned on narcotics and weapons offenses before Magistrate Lawrence Elassal of the 20th District Court following his arrest. Elassal set his bond at $15,000/ 10-percent cash or surety.

The charges resulted from a traffic stop at about 11:30 a.m. July 12 when an officer observed a car near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Beech Daly Road in which the occupants were not wearing seat belts, according to police reports.

Officers found that Wright was driving on expired license and that there were several outstanding warrants for his arrest in neighboring communities. A 25-year-old woman in the car was also found to have a suspended drivers license and outstanding arrest warrants, according to police.

In addition, officers discovered a bag containing a rock-like substance, later identified as cocaine, and other suspected drugs in the vehicle. Officers found pills and drugs in rock form, a scale and a stolen, loaded .45 caliber handgun stuffed under the driver's seat.

While Wright was arrested at the scene, the female passenger was ordered to leave the scene while the vehicle and contents were confiscated by police.

The office of the Wayne County prosecutor issued the charging documents against Wright.