Drugs, guns, explosives seized during traffic stop in Southport

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UPDATE: 

Matthew Miller pleaded guilty to “Felon Carrying a Handgun Def has a prior felony conviction w/in last 15 years” and his other charges were dismissed on Nov. 15, 2017. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison with a 2-year suspension.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

SOUTHPORT, Ind.– Southport Police department officers seized guns, drugs and improvised explosives after a traffic stop.

The stop occurred on Dec. 10 on Southport Road, just east of Madison Avenue. Officers pulled over a 1998 Ford Explorer for a false license plate.

The SUV was occupied by three people. An officer noticed that they were trying to hide something between and under the seats, and got consent from the driver to search the vehicle.

Several firearms were discovered, including a TEC-9 sub-machine gun, along with ammunition, jewelry, a television, a large gun safe, two pipes used for smoking illegal narcotics, and numerous improvised explosive devices. Officers also found a small amount of methamphetamine.

Driver Matthew Miller and passenger Rachel Manson, both of Indianapolis, were arrested for possession of a firearm without a license, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia. Miller also faces a charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and driving with a suspended license.

IMPD Bomb Squad and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) assisted with the execution of the warrant. Detectives found additional improvised explosives and firearms inside the gun safe.

Police say the suspects admitted to having just burglarized a home in Greenwood before the traffic stop. The owner of the stolen items was located, police said.

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