Police arrest Orange felon on weapons charges, possession of marijuana

Jakendrick Lamar Clevenger

Police in Orange arrested a formerly convicted felon on weapons charges and for possession of marijuana during a traffic stop June 26, reports the Orange Police Department,

According to a report from OPD Officer Patrick McDonald, he was patrolling the area of 16th Street and MacArthur Drive in Orange at 6:50 p.m. when he saw a Toyota Corolla with no registration sticker. The officer pulled the vehicle over for the traffic violation. There were a total of five people inside the car, which, McDonald reports, reeked of marijuana. Upon obtaining consent from the driver to search the car, McDonald reportedly discovered a bag of what appeared to be marijuana in the car and a semi-automatic ISSC M22 .22-caliber pistol wrapped in a shirt under the front passenger's seat. McDonald also reported recovering a small amount of synthetic marijuana, Kush, in the car.

One of the passengers of the car, 24-year-old Jakendrick Lamar Clevenger, told the officer the marijuana and the gun both belonged to him, reports McDonald. Clevenger was arrested and a check through dispatch revealed the man was a convicted felon from a 2011 conviction for state jail felony possession of a controlled substance, PCP, stemming from a December 2010 offense. He spent 8 months in TDCJ in Huntsville for that conviction. Clevenger also has a history of misdemeanor arrests and convictions for charges including possession of marijuana and trespassing. He was arrested in Orange on Oct. 23, 2014 for public intoxication when OPD Officer Stephen Ward was dispatched to the area of 16th Street and Park Avenue in reference to a man wearing a maroon short and long shorts walking in the middle of the roadway. Ward reported then that Clevenger was emitting the distinctive odor of PCP. He was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the Orange County Jail.

Orange County District Attorney John Kimbrough said a warrant was issued for Clevenger's arrest in April of this year and he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault. Clevenger has not yet been indicted on those charges, but Kimbrough said it would soon be in front of the Orange County Grand Jury so an indictment could be forthcoming.

During his most recent run-in with police in Orange on June 26, Clevenger was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail charged with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.