Police: Teen and Two Men Facing Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Three people are facing charges after officers found drugs and a handgun in their car.

Lincoln Police officers stopped a car near 3rd and Knox streets around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Officers could smell marijuana and saw two small bags of marijuana in the driver's side door.

Police asked the four people to exit, during which the two backseat passengers fled the scene. Officers were able to catch one of them, a 17-year-old girl. The second passenger, a male, was not caught.

During a search of the vehicle police found a handgun with the serial number scratched off and a bag of crack cocaine under the passenger seat. They also found 17 individually wrapped bags of marijuana and a scale in the trunk of the car.

Police also found more than $2,000 between the driver, 19-year-old Latjor Gony, and passenger, 23-year-old Aki Awou. Gony and Awou are convicted felons out of Douglas County in Omaha. The two are facing charges of possession of a defaced firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm during a drug violation.

The 17-year-old girl was cited for possession of a defaced firearm and turned over to her mother.

Police have not located the fourth passenger in the vehicle.