(7-24-19) On July 23, 2019, at approximately 3:41 a.m., Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Mendoza initiated a traffic stop on a black Nissan SUV on 11th St. in Decatur, IN for a traffic infraction. The driver, Cadell D. Thornton (18), from Decatur, attempted to exit the vehicle and walk to a residence. Deputy Mendoza stopped Thornton before he made it to the residence.
Deputy Mendoza smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Thornton’s vehicle. With the assistance of Decatur Police Sergeant Jamie Tharp and Decatur Police Officer Teddy Bessesen they located the marijuana and a handgun. The handgun was found to have altered serial numbers. Thornton was arrested on preliminary felony and misdemeanor charges of Alteration of Handgun Identifying Marks, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, and Possession of Marijuana.