SARASOTA -- Two men were arrested early Wednesday, after a traffic stop and search of their vehicle revealed concealed, loaded weapons -- including one reported stolen out of Palmetto, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Just after 1 a.m., a patrol deputy pulled over a blue Chevrolet four-door vehicle for several traffic violations near U.S. 301 and Northgate Boulevard in Sarasota.
"When the deputy approached the car both occupants were acting nervously and the Sarasota Police Department K9 called to the scene alerted to the smell of marijuana," a news release states.
A search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of marijuana as well as two firearms in the pocket on the back of the passenger seat.
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Both guns were fully loaded with chambered rounds and both were accessible by the driver and passenger.
A Ruger 9mm contained 18 rounds, four of which were hollow point bullets. A 9mm Smith and Wesson also contained 18 rounds and came back stolen out of Palmetto.
James Wiggs, 49, of Sarasota, who has 15 prior felony convictions and is currently on inmate release status for the sale, manufacture and delivery of cocaine, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a concealed weapon.
Talvick Morton, 24 of Sarasota, who is on felony probation for grand theft, is charged with possession of a concealed weapon and violation of probation.