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Toddlers allegedly found in car with drugs and gun, Louisville pair arrested

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Maurice Gibson and Janell Gore (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Maurice Gibson and Janell Gore (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two people have been arrested after police say they stopped a car containing drugs, a gun, and toddlers.

Police say they noticed the blue BMW Thursday afternoon, near the corner of 15th Street and W. Broadway, when the driver of the car made an improper turn, failing to use his turn signal and not turning into the lane closest to him from the northbound street.

That driver turned out to be 26-year-old Maurice Gibson, according to arrest reports. Police say 33-year-old Janelle Gore was also in the passenger seat, and a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old -- Gibson's children -- were in the back seat, without child safety seats.

Gibson was not wearing a seat belt, and told police he did not have his ID, according to the arrest reports. Police say he admitted to having a "small blunt" of marijuana on his person, and officers could smell it. When officers searched him, they allegedly found a "large knot of heroin" stuffed in Gibson's sock.

But police say that when they tried to arrest Gibson, he resisted, then bit the bag of heroin the officer had in hand, causing some of the heroin to go into the mouths of two of the officers, before dragging them into the path of oncoming traffic, "creating a gave risk of death" to the officers." 

In the meantime, police say a crowd gathered around the scene and began recording videos of the arrest.

Officers eventually took Gibson into custody. Police say a handgun was found in the front seat, a round already in the chamber. An extended magazine with hollow point ammunition was also allegedly found under the front passenger seat.

Police say Gibson is a felon who had been charged with previous assaults on police officers and was not supposed to be in possession of a firearm.

Gibson is charged with -- among other things -- enhanced trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, five counts of first degree wanton endangerment, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, driving without an operator's license, failure to wear a seatbelt, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Throughout the arrest, police say Gore was continuously yelling and "disobeying a lawful command to stand behind the vehicle," continuously walking out into traffic. She was also arrested and charged with enhanced trafficking in a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

After arresting the suspects, the officers expose to the heroin were taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

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