GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A teenager has been charged with transporting a prohibited weapon after police found him carrying a short-barrel firearm, according to an arrest affidavit.
Georgetown Police pulled Jeremy Reid Garcia, 17, over about 2 a.m. on Saturday after a witness first reported that he was weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 35 and not maintaining a constant speed. When the officer caught up to the SUV near Williams Drive, the officer said Reid failed to stay in his lane. Authorities detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the document said, and Reid said he had smoked in the vehicle earlier that night.
While searching the SUV, the officer found a basket with six “military-style assault rifles inside,” the affidavit said, including one rifle with a 10-inch barrel. According to the state’s penal code, a short-barrel firearm is a rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, or any weapon made from a shotgun or rifle if, as altered, it has an overall length of less than 26 inches.
Reid reportedly told police someone gave him the basket in Dallas and told him to take it to the border-town of Roma.
His bond was set at $100,000.