What initially began as a traffic stop ultimately resulted in criminal charges for three people. Two of the passengers were charged for possession of marijuana, and all three are now charged with gun-related crimes. Connecticut police officers also point out that the gun involved was stolen from another state in 2009.
A Connecticut police officer originally pulled the vehicle over after scanning the license plate. Apparently, the registration was suspended and the vehicle was uninsured. While the 24-year-old female driver spoke with the officer, he smelled marijuana from the vehicle. After one of her passengers confessed that he had hidden marijuana underneath the seat, police searched the vehicle.
They eventually found a loaded stolen 9 mm handgun as well as marijuana. A third passenger was found to have seven bags of the drug stashed in his pockets. All three people in the vehicle were arrested and then charged for crimes relating to the gun, which police point out was in reach of all the occupants.
While the Connecticut driver was able to skirt drug-related charges, both of her passengers are now being indicted for possession of marijuana alongside their gun charges. Although possession of marijuana might otherwise net a less serious conviction, when combined with the other charges that these two men are facing, the results may be much more serious. Their defense will likely be able to best advise them on their next move. In some cases, a plea deal can provide more favorable results for the defendant, while in others it may be worth it to fight the charges in court.
Source: NBC Connecticut, Officers Stop Car, Find Stolen Gun and Pot Inside: Police, Ari Mason, March 24, 2014