From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville Police Department arrested an Alabaster man on drugs and weapon charges on Friday, November 5, around 10 a.m.
According to the Trussville Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Chevron located at 5981 Chalkville Mountain Road in reference to a welfare check on a man asleep in a white Toyota Tacoma. Upon arriving at the scene, officers noticed that the man was the vehicle’s sole occupant and woke the man when they opened the door.
Officers identified the man as 30-year-old Christopher Brett Romine, who stated that he was not sleeping, just resting his eyes. When asked if he had recently taken any drugs or possessed a firearm, Romine stated the last time he smoked weed was in high school and had a gun in the vehicle, but was not carrying any weapons on him.
After several minutes of speaking, officers noticed that Romine’s eyes were constricted and red. Additionally, officers noticed Romine become nervous after being asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle, and officer’s asked for consent to search the vehicle.
When searching the vehicle, officers located a red first aid kit that contained two glass pipes with drug residue, one metal pipe with drug residue, two small bags that contained methamphetamine, a small bag that contained cocaine, and a small bag with three Xanax bars. Officers also located an FNS 9C 9MM in the center console and a centurion arms 12 gauge BP12 Bullpup shotgun in a rifle bag in the rear passenger compartment of the vehicle, along with several boxes of ammunition.
Romine provided a gun permit that had expired in 2020.
Officers asked if he had recently purchased the drugs and was currently on any drugs, and he stated that he had recently purchased all the drugs and smoked heroin and meth prior to the officer’s arrival.
Christopher Brett Romine has been charged with possession with intent, unlawful possession of controlled substances, carrying a concealed weapon, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transferred to the Jefferson County Jail on Saturday, November 6.