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Felon arrested, allegedly in possession of multiple guns

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

A New Castle man with a violent past remained in jail Thursday after police found him with a handgun in his pocket and more in his home.

According to police records, around 8 a.m. Wednesday a New Castle police officer noticed a pickup truck idling with its lights on in the 200 block of N. 18th Street. The truck was still there with the engine running an hour later.

The officer reportedly checked the vehicle and found Jeffrey Guffey, 48, slumped down in the passenger seat, leaning against the door. According to the arrest report, the officer was worried that Guffey could be having a medical emergency or might be overly intoxicated.

The officer could not tell if Guffey was breathing or not, and Guffey reportedly did not move or wake up when the officer knocked on the truck window.

According to the report, the officer opened the door and immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana and noticed a loaded revolver in Guffey’s coat pocket.

Guffey is a convicted violent felon and cannot legally be in possession of a firearm.

The officer reported Guffey was moving slowly and sluggishly after waking up.

The officer secured the gun and placed Guffey in handcuffs.

Guffey was reportedly speaking slowly and slurring his words. Guffey’s eyes were drooping, his head was nodding and he kept falling asleep, the officer said.

Along with the handgun, Guffey allegedly had a bag of suspected marijuana and multiple bags of blue pills on him, along with $700 in cash.

Guffey was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a firearm by a violent felon, dealing a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

The area drug task force executed a search warrant on Guffey’s residence following his arrest. The task force reported that they found three more firearms and more drugs in the apartment.

The drug task force charged Guffey with three more preliminary counts of possession of a firearm by a violent felon, plus possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Guffey was still incarcerated at Henry County Jail as of Thursday morning.