2 Columbia men charged with illegal possession of firearms
COLUMBIA - Two felons from Columbia were charged in federal court with illegally having guns and ammunition.
Ladame Smith and Lajuan Marquis Martin, both 23, were charged Thursday.
A criminal complaint against Smith said he was in possession of a Zastava 7.62-caliber assault rifle and a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun. The complaint against Martin said he had a Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
Columbia police officers were conducting surveillance when they saw Smith get into a car, according to court documents. Police stopped the car because Smith had an active warrant for not meeting parole conditions. Martin was driving the car.
The documents said a detective saw the loaded Glock handgun on the driver’s side floorboard and the loaded assault rifle between the passenger seat and doorjamb where Smith was seated. As Smith left the car, the detective also saw the loaded Smith and Wesson on the front passenger seat.
In addition to the seeing the guns, the documents said police smelled marijuana and saw Smith smoking a blunt. Officers also found eight grams of heroin and two Alprazolam pills, commonly known as Xanax, in Martin’s pockets.
It is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to have a firearm or ammunition. Smith has prior felony convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, burglary and stealing. Martin has a prior felony conviction for resisting arrest.
Martin and Smith are in federal custody and will have their initial court appearances Friday.