VERNON - A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Vernon man for carrying a concealed weapon.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy observed a Dodge Neon traveling at a high rate of speed in a 35mph zone just inside the city limits of Vernon on October 2.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop immediately saw the passenger bending over and reaching around under the passenger seat.

When explaining to the driver why they had been stopped the deputy noticed the passenger’s hands were trembling.

The passenger, identified Joshua Campbell, 18, admitted to concealing a firearm under his seat.

The deputies then recovered a 9mm Ruger loaded with six cartridges.

Campbell advised deputies he found the firearm in an alleyway in Panama City.

A subsequent search of the vehicle found a full-face mask, digital scales, and marijuana residue.

Campbell was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

“While firearms can be very useful in our day to day lives, the mishandling or careless use or possession of firearms can lead to detrimental consequences,” said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews. “Concealed weapons are a direct threat to our law enforcement officers and have led to many law enforcement deaths.”

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing