2 charged after police say they were found with guns, stolen truck, drugs

2 charged after police say they were found with guns, stolen truck, drugs

Chad Smith (L) is charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and trafficking a controlled substance. James Swan (R) is charged with receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 2:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two Louisville men are facing several charges after they were stopped by police Tuesday.

According to the arrest report, 24-year-old James Swan Jr. and 27-year-old Chad Smith were standing near a truck at Victory Park when officers approached them. As officers announced themselves, they said they witnessed Smith bend down and slide a gun underneath the truck.

Smith fled the scene. As officers were closing in on him they said Smith threw a yellow-colored object into the backyard of a home on Kentucky Street. Officers recovered the object which turned out to be a prescription pill bottle with filled with 81 Xanax pills.

Swan remained at the scene and was quickly detained when Smith fled. Officers searched Swan and said they found a large bag of marijuana, prompting them to search the truck.

Police said Swan told officers the truck did not belong to him, but they found a key fob on the ground near the area where he was standing and hit the panic button which set off the alarm. Upon searching the truck officers said they found a .38 Smith & Wesson hand gun loaded with five rounds.

It was later discovered that Swan was not the owner of the truck. Police contacted the owner who told officers he did not know Swan.

Smith is charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and trafficking a controlled substance.

Swan is charged with receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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