Arkansas felon charged with firearm violation
Hood was convicted in 2010 for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, making him ineligible to possess a firearm.
JACKSON COUNTY — A Little Rock, Arkansas, resident was detained in Jackson County following a May 4 traffic stop.
Maurio Don Hood, 40, was charged with felony-level ineligible possession of a firearm, as well as a firearm violation for a felon convicted of a violent crime. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine, or both, with no less than five years in prison.
According to court documents, Hood was pulled over by a Minnesota State trooper on Interstate 90 for traveling over 100 mph in a 70 mph zone. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and Hood was identified by his Arkansas driver’s license. Hood stated he wasn’t aware of how fast he was going and that he was on his way to work in Jackson.
While they were speaking, the officer reportedly detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. He asked Hood if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle. Hood reportedly admitted he had smoked marijuana a couple of days prior but claimed there was nothing inside the vehicle now.
The trooper conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly located a loaded revolver inside a gray backpack in the front seat. Along with the gun, 8.5 grams of marijuana, two packs of rolling papers, and a marijuana blunt were also found. There were also 74 rounds of hollow-point .38 special ammunition and 15 rounds of full metal jacket .38 special ammunition together with the firearm, according to the report.
Hood admitted he did not have a permit to carry and had purchased the firearm from a friend. Due to a prior felony conviction in 2010 for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, Hood is prohibited from possessing firearms.
Bail was set at $5,000 with conditions for Hood. His initial court appearance is scheduled for May 11.