Orange man arrested for possession of weapon, controlled substance

An Orange man was arrested Sunday evening for possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

Kendon Lee Leger, 29, or Orange was arrested after police responded to a call in reference to a man soliciting in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn on Hwy. 62.

When Officer Patrick McDonald arrived on the scene, the man was standing next to a vehicle. Inside and around the vehicle were three males and two females. As police approached Leger, he began to walk away, and threw an object into the back of a red pickup.

Upon orders from police to stop, Leger continued to walk away. Police gripped Leger’s hands and placed him against the truck. As Officer McDonald held Leger against the truck, he looked into the location where the object was thrown, and observed a small silver pistol. Leger was placed into handcuffs.

The other subjects who had been standing around and seated in the SUV were advised to place their hands on the vehicle until other officers arrived on scene.

While officers did a search on Leger, a clear plastic bag was found containing two and a half heart shaped pills. The pills were later identified as Dilaudid. Also found was a roll of cash totaling $1,600, with a rubber band around it. The pistol was identified as a .22 caliber.

After a check through dispatch revealed Leger to have a previous felony conviction, he was transported to the Orange County Jail and released to jail staff, where he was booked.

There was no further information on the other subjects who were with Leger.