A Newark man is facing weapons charges after police stopped him last week.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. Nov. 12, according to Cpl. Jason Hatchell, a spokesman for Delaware State Police.

Police were conducting surveillance on 21-year-old Jordan Smith, after receiving information he was selling drugs, Hatchell said. Officers watched him conduct a suspected drug transaction in a parking lot near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Del. 7 in Bear.

They followed him to the Wawa on Wrangle Hill Road, where he was standing outside his vehicle with the door open. Officers could see a handgun in the center console and arrested Smith, who is prohibited from possessing weapons, Hatchell said.

The loaded gun had an obliterated serial number, police added.

Smith was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number. He was jailed after failing to post $7,500 cash bond.

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