Man charged with possession of stolen firearm

A 33-year-old Minot man is accused of being in possession of a firearm stolen from Berthold.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, John Fitzgerald Reed Jr. was spotted by an officer with the Ward County Narcotics Task Force rolling a marijuana blunt in the front passenger seat of a vehicle on the afternoon of Nov. 9. They ordered Reed out of the car and the officer spotted the stolen black semi automatic pistol on the floor of the vehicle where Reed had been sitting.

Reed made an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Monday on the Class C felony possession of the stolen firearm charge and a Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

– Andrea Johnson