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Sawed-off shotgun gets charge for minor
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A complaint about loud music last week resulted in the arrest of a minor for keeping an allegedly stolen, illegal sawed-off shotgun, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff's office.
On March 4, Deputy Adam Denton was dispatch to a home off West Pine Avenue in Hinesville after a call was made regarding loud music being played from the residence at 908, lot A.
Denton reported he heard the music as he walked to the door. He knocked, but got no answer.
He knocked again and reported he heard voices inside saying, "It's the police," and what he thought was someone spraying an aerosol can.
The deputy walked to the rear of the home and found a glass door open. He reported he spotted a young man walking toward him and distinctly smelled what he believed was marijuana smoke coming from the residence. The deputy claimed the young man kept walking toward him with his hands in his pockets.
According to the report the deputy asked him several times to take his hands out of his pockets but the man wouldn't until the deputy drew his weapon.
The young man was patted down and, when Denton saw there was a young woman in the house and maybe more upstairs, he called for backup, along with agents from the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force.
When backup arrived, the house was cleared of five people. None of them reportedly knew who rented the house.
While they were being questioned, the renter's mother came home and said her son, who worked at the commissary on Fort Stewart, rented the house.
According to the report, she picked up her son at work and brought him home. He told the officers it was fine for the folks to be at his house and he consented to a search.
Denton reported he found a small blunt with what he believed was marijuana, along with some residual green substance on the floor.
Two MACE agents and a canine searched the renter's room and found a sawed-off shotgun in his closet.
The renter, reportedly a minor, told the officers the shotgun was his. A check of the serial number, however, revealed the gun was reported stolen in Glennville.
The minor was arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of stolen property.  The others were taken home to their parents or guardians.
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