Maricopa Police arrested Warren K. Evans on Friday on suspicion of possession of a pistol, which was illegal for him to have as he is on probation for a previous DUI charge, was convicted of dangerous drug possession and served time in prison.
Evans was charged with weapons misconduct/prohibited possessor, but during a search of his vehicle during a traffic stop at Smith-Enke and Porter roads around 2 a.m., officers allegedly found methamphetamine, an open container of alcohol and drug paraphernalia.
According to a MPD probable cause statement, “Upon contact with Warren I asked him if he had any weapons and he stated he had a pistol in the vehicle.”
When asked if he was supposed to be in possession of a firearm, he told officers it wasn’t his firearm but his brother’s, according to police documents. The officer made Evans exit the vehicle as he removed the firearm.
“As Warren stepped out of the vehicle he put a black case in the bed of the truck,” the probable cause document states.
“As I retrieved the firearm, I could smell the odor of intoxicating liquor in the vehicle. The odor was coming from a cup in the center console. Warren admitted it was a Hot Toddy, which is a hot whiskey drink,” the probable cause statement reads.
When the officer checked the black case that Evans put into the back, he reportedly found multiple syringes, a spoon, rubber tie-off and a small baggie, which tested positive as methamphetamine.