Asheville, NC (FOX Carolina) - Police in Asheville have arrested a man they say was found carrying a firearm and in possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to police, 23-year-old Xavier Kilo Swinton, was arrested in the Black Street area around 5 p.m. on Thursday and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police say the department has received multiple complaints from community members in the Black Street area about drug sales and gun violence.
Officers say Swinton's arrest is the result of proactive patrol efforts in the area following these complaints.
Since the beginning of this year, APD has responded to 343 calls for service due to a gun discharge. Police say there have been 29 victims who have been shot in Asheville since January 1, 2020.
The Asheville Police Department says they are committed to addressing gun violence in the community.