Kalamazoo, MI: On November 20th, 2016, a citizen called in suspicious activity in the 900 block of Douglas Avenue. The citizen reported observing persons coming and going from a parked car which was occupied. The citizen reported to be witness to several hand to hand drug transactions.
Promptly, Public Safety Officers checked the area and found the vehicle which the witness had described. Upon a citizen contact with the occupants, a strong odor of marijuana was emanating from the interior of the vehicle. The male driver, a citizen of Kalamazoo, admitted to having marijuana and relinquished it to the officer. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and a handgun was located where the driver was sitting.
The driver was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana. One of the other occupants of the vehicle was arrested on arrest warrants from multiple jurisdictions.
Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were assisted with the gracious and vigilant support from citizens. This incident was investigated and solved rapidly with their immense and appreciated help. It is a shining example of a community based partnership to aid in the goals of keeping the streets of Kalamazoo safe for all who live in our great City.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.
By authority of: Sgt. Kenneth Skibbe
Date: November 20, 2016
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division, 337-8139