A local man was arrested early Friday morning for carrying a firearm without a permit and possessing methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia.
Corry City Police charged Aaron J. Wingard, 26, of Corry, with a third-degree felony count of firearms not to be carried without a license and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police conducted a traffic stop in the area of East Church and Concord streets at about 4:18 a.m. on Friday.
Officers observed a tan Chrysler van, which was traveling southbound on Concord Street, fail to stop for two posted stop signs, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the police criminal complaint.
After the van pulled over, two officers approached the vehicle and they observed five occupants inside. The affidavit states one officer spoke to the driver as the other ordered the passengers to place their hands up for the officers' safety.
The middle occupant, who was later identified as Wingard, had his right hand in the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. The officer again ordered him to take his hand out of the pocket and show his hands, which he reluctantly did, according to the affidavit.
As Wingard raised his right hand, the officer observed a silver and black handgun with the hammer cocked inside his sweatshirt pocket, the affidavit states. Police were able to remove the loaded handgun from Wingard and place him into handcuffs.
Officers advised that he was not under arrest, but was placed in handcuffs for the officers' safety.
Police asked Erie County Dispatch to check the serial number of the pistol, which was a Phoenix Arms .22 caliber, but no return record came back for the firearm and officers were advised that Wingard did not possess a conceal carry permit, according to the affidavit.
Wingard was advised he was under arrest for concealing a firearm.
The affidavit states police then discovered a small amount of methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia while searching a backpack belonging to Wingard.
A field test was conducted on the white powder substance and it tested positive for meth.
The drug paraphernalia found in the backpack included two glass smoking pipes, a mirror with white powder residue, digital scale and multiple baggies.
Corry City Police were not able to be reached for comment as of press time.
Wingard was arraigned before District Judge Denise Buell Friday morning and committed to Erie County Prison on $40,000 straight bond.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 25 at Buell's office.
Wingard was one of six Corry-area residents who were arrested in connection to a burglary of an apartment in the 500 block of Wayne Street that occurred during April of 2019. The victim reported that four firearms, prescription drugs and jewelry were stolen from the residence.
He was charged with a first-degree felony count of burglary as well as theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass-breaking into structure, all second-degree felonies, for the Wayne Street incident.