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Traffic stop led to arrests in Caryville

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By Charlotte Underwood

A routine traffic stop left two Jacksboro men behind bars for unlawful possession of a firearm on Sunday.

Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker was on routine patrol when he allegedly noticed two children believed to be around 10-years-old, riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Walker stopped the truck based on the violation of the child restraint law, according to a Caryville Police report.

After being stopped, Michael Lynn Smith, 31, of 117 Stone Mill Road, Jacksboro, said he had a firearm lying on the dash of the truck. Upon checking with 911, Walker learned that Smith did not have a firearm carry permit for the 9mm pistol, the police report said.

Adam Corey Claxton, 22, of 177 Stone Mill Road, Jacksboro, was also an occupant of the truck. During the stop, Claxton told Walker he had a firearm, which was loaded and in a bag, according to the police report. Claxton also did not have a firearm carry permit for the .22 caliber pistol. The men allegedly told Walker that they were going to target practice.

Both men were arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm. They were both released June 22 on $1,000 bond each. A court date has been set for July 10 for both men.