Two Ringgold men were arrested on drug and weapon charges during a routine traffic stop along Boynton Drive.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

Salfaden Hassan Mishain, 22, and William Preston Morris, 23, were arrested Nov. 14. Both men were charged with possession of drug-related objects. Morris was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, while Mishain garnered additional charges of possession of a Schedule I drug and possession of a firearm during commission of/or attempting to commit a crime.

Bonds on Mishain and Morris are set at $10,000 and $7,500 respectively.

The duo's run-in with police began just before midnight on Nov. 13, when Cpl. Deric North pulled their car over at Wilson's Funeral Home on Boynton Drive due to a headlight being out.

Believing the men might be under the influence of drugs, North says he was granted permission to search the car by the driver, Mishain, at which time he found drugs and a handgun, reports show.

"I located a .9-mm handgun in the driver's floorboard," North said. "I asked Mr. Mishain if he knew it (the gun) was there, and he said he did not."

During the search, North located a smoking device, synthetic marijuana, and a bag containing methamphetamine.

Mishain allegedly admitted to smoking the synthetic marijuana, and Morris said the bag containing the meth was his, reports show.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.