A small arsenal of weapons and a trailer full of items suspected of being stolen, possibly from around Missouri, were seized, and a man who is a convicted felon in seven states is facing multiple charges after a traffic stop near Vienna.
Timothy D. Georges, 44, has been charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession & Transport of an Illegal Weapon (Class D Felony), two counts of Stealing-Firearm (Class D Felony), Unlawful Possession of Firearm (Class D Felony), Possession of Controlled Substance (Class D Felony), Possession of Marijuana (Class D Misdemeanor), Unlawful Possession of Paraphernalia (Class D Misdemeanor), Driving While Revoked/Suspended (Class A Misdemeanor), and Operate a Motor Carrier with Defective/Inoperable Lights/Signal (Class B Misdemeanor). Possible federal charges may also be filed at a later date.
A convicted felon in seven states, Georges is disqualified from possessing firearms and was out of the Missouri Department of Corrections on parole, according to a press release from the Maries County Sheriff’s Office. Past arrests and convictions include Stealing of a Motor Vehicle, Property Damage 1st Degree, Stealing, Tampering with Motor Vehicle, Forgery, Larceny, Vehicle Theft, Possession Drug Equipment, Fraud/Illegal Use of Credit Device, Burglary, Aggravated Robbery, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Restraint, Defacing of Firearm, Unlawful Use of Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Weapon by Felon, Resisting Peace Officer, Possession of Marijuana, Obstructing Justice and Domestic Battery.
According to the press release issued December 29, members of the sheriff’s office and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group were conducting drug interdiction traffic patrol on the evening of December 20, 2017 when a detective made the stop of a vehicle pulling a trailer on Highway 63 south of Vienna. The stop was for defective equipment.
During the stop and investigation, the detective determined the driver of the vehicle had an active suspended Missouri driver’s license, did not have insurance on the vehicle, and the vehicle was displaying plates of another vehicle not belonging to the driver. Increasingly suspicious of the driver’s behavior and explanations, the detective requested the Maries County K-9 Unit to assist.
The K9 Unit observed what appeared to be several bags of marijuana and two Glock magazines located inside a bag in plain view on the front passenger seat, the press release stated.
Georges was the driver of the vehicle, and he was arrested at that time, then found to have a large amount of cash on his person, counterfeit money and a controlled substance in his front pocket, the press release stated.
A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted, and the officers located four handguns and five long guns. Three of the firearms were loaded and chambered. Two of the handguns were reported stolen out of Rolla and Washington, Mo., and two of the long-guns had been illegally modified, according to the press release. A 12 gauge shotgun had been outfitted with a pistol grip and sawed off 13” short barrel while a Colt AR-15 semi auto rifle contained a fully automatic bolt carrier.
With the vehicle not being legal for the roadway, the press release states, the sheriff’s office had the vehicle and the trailer towed. The trailer contained a UTV, moped scooters, lawn mowers and other miscellaneous items. Many of the items in the vehicle and on the trailer are suspected stolen.
Georges allegedly told investigators he was en route to meet an individual familiar to police as someone who is known to traffic methamphetamine by trading for these types of items. The Maries County Sheriff’s Office stated that it would be forwarding an information packet to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Information Analysis Center to be shared with law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri.
Georges was being held in the Maries County Jail on a no bond warrant, but has since been returned to the Missouri Department of Corrections for a Parole Board review. The sheriff’s office has also been in contact with the ATF and the United States District Attorney’s Office about this case for possible federal firearms charges.