LAYTON — Police are used to finding a weapon on someone they suspect may be using drugs, but finding a revolver, along with illegal drugs, in someone’s shoe is not something officers encounter on a daily basis, says Layton Police Sgt. Alex Davis.
“This may be a first for our department,” he said.
The .22-caliber single-shot Derringer was found during a routine traffic stop, Davis said.
The officer had pulled over a Mitsubishi Mirage at Fairfield Road and Gentile Street at 2:08 a.m. Thursday. Three people were inside, Davis said.
The officer could smell marijuana, and “all occupants denied any illegal contraband,” according to court documents filed in 2nd District Court.
A passenger in the car, Joey Louis Lujan, 24, looked as if he may be under the influence of a drug, according to the document.
Davis said when the officers asked Lujan if he had anything illegal on him, he admitted he did — a gun and some drugs.
The officers searched Lujan and found the gun — small enough to fit in the palm of a person’s hand — in his shoe, along with a morphine pill and six baggies of methamphetamine.
Lujan told the officers he planned to sell the meth, and “he had the gun because he deals with bad people,” according to court documents.
Lujan was booked into Davis County Jail and charged with second-degree felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, third-degree felony possession of morphine and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
The other two people in the car were also booked in the jail on warrants for misdemeanors.