An Anderson man is facing drug-trafficking and weapon charges related to the alleged discovery of a pound of methamphetamine and four handguns in a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

Charges of first-degree trafficking in drugs and unlawful use of a weapon were filed Tuesday in McDonald County Circuit Court on Caddo S. Gann, 34, in connection with a traffic stop conducted by a McDonald County deputy May 12 on Pleasant Ridge Road in Pineville.

A probable-cause affidavit filed with the charges states that Gann was a passenger in the vehicle who was released upon arrest of the driver for operating a vehicle without a license. Subsequent to Gann's release, an officer conducting an inventory of the vehicle purportedly found a piece of tissue paper on the passenger seat containing suspected methamphetamine and a ziplock bag on the floorboard to the right side of the passenger seat containing a pound of meth, according to the affidavit.

In the glove compartment, the officer located four loaded handguns, the affidavit alleges.

McDonald County law enforcement attempted to arrest Gann on the charges Saturday night in Anderson, resulting in a 20-minute vehicle pursuit before he was taken into custody. He appeared in court Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty. He has a pretrial conference now scheduled June 19.

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