Sha’von Covington
Sha’von Covington
A Louisville man who was arrested on drug charges in Switzerland County on Dec. 30 was also charged with unlawful possession of a loaded AK-47 rifle and a loaded Glock pistol.

Switzerland County Deputy Sheriff Chad Terpening was responding to a call from a concerned citizen about a reckless driver traveling west on State Road 156 just west of Patriot when he executed the traffic stop that led to the arrest of Sha’von Covington, 23, of Louisville.

The caller kept the dispatcher informed on the driver’s position on State Road 156 while Terpening headed east to intercept the vehicle. At the intersection of State Roads 156 and 101 Terpening said a vehicle matching the description turned into the Circle K gas station and he followed the vehicle into the parking lot to make the traffic stop.

The deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and a subsequent search recovered a “large amount of marijuana” as well as the loaded rifle and handgun and “items associated with the dealing of illegal narcotics.”

Covington was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender, both Level 4 felonies; possession of marijuana over 30 grams, a Level 6 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Covington appeared for a first hearing in Switzerland County Circuit Court Jan. 2. His bond was set at $3,000 cash and he is in the Switzerland County Jail.

Terpening was assisted at the scene by Chief Deputy Chris Curry and Sgt. John Mills.