Mesa PD: Man with meth had kids in car

Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 11:16:46-04

A check of a vehicle's license plate information led to a series of drug-related charges for a Mesa man.

Police said an officer conducted a random search of a vehicle near Main Street and Lindsay Road on Saturday and found its registered owner had an extraditable felony warrant.

The officer found the driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Bryan Dennis Kennedy, was in the car with his 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter and arrested Kennedy after confirming he was the same person who had the outstanding warrant.

According to court documents, the officer searched Kennedy as part of the arrest and found a baggie of white crystals in his pocket which was determined to be methamphetamine.

After discovering the drugs, the officer found a homemade weapon made of metal pieces welded together with a spring, lever and firing pin inside the vehicle. 

Kennedy admitted to buying the drugs earlier in the day and said he made the firearm for his girlfriend. The man faces one count of possession of a dangerous drug, one count of possession of a weapon in a drug offense, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of endangering the health of a minor.

He was released on his own recognizance and his next court date was scheduled for May 2.