Criminals gotta criminal. I don’t approve, but there it is. The problem with a lot of criminals: they’re not the sharpest tools in the box. Drive-by shootings, for example, are a pretty poor way of killing a targeted individual or group, and an excellent way to injure or kill innocent bystanders (a consequence that heavily incentivizes police to capture the culprits). By the same token, bad guys are not known for their firearms skills: marksmanship, strategy, handling or storage. Speaking of storage . . .
Members of the Sheriff’s [Durham, NC] Anti-Crime Narcotic Unit searched the home at 303 Laurel Oaks Drive.
A loaded AR-15 assault rifle and a loaded .45-caliber handgun were found under a mattress in a child’s bedroom, authorities said.
Authorities also seized a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun with a loaded 50-round drum magazine, boxes of ammunition, 495 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $20,000, more than $1,800 in U.S. currency, 123 grams of marijuana, and digital scales.
Javonnie James Tate, 29, has been charged with:
Level 3 trafficking in cocaine (more than 400 grams)
Possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver cocaine
Possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver marijuana
Felony Possession of cocaine
Felony Possession of marijuana
Maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Twenty-thousand bucks and Mr. Tate didn’t think to buy a gun safe for his gats (and drugs)? I know what you’re thinking: being a criminal is irresponsible. Why bother with gun safety? Just because you’re bad doesn’t mean you have to be stupid. At least in theory.