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Man Nabbed With Stolen Weapon, Drugs During Traffic Stop, Stratford Police Say

Mark Peeples
Mark Peeples Photo Credit: Stratford Police Department

A 29-year-old man was nabbed with alleged drugs and a stolen gun during a stop by Stratford Police vice and intel officers.

Mark Peeples, of Bridgeport, was stopped around 1 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 29, when officers were conducting targeted patrol in the area of Success Avenue, due to street robberies as well as narcotics sales and a recent homicide, said Stratford Police Capt. Frank Eannotti.

When officers approached Peeples' vehicle, who was stopped for darkly tinted windows and a canceled registration, they immediately detected an odor of marijuana, Eannotti said.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a stolen 9mm firearm loaded with six rounds of ammunition under the driver's seat. They also found a box containing approximately 100 additional rounds of ammunition, he added.

Peeples, a convicted felon for previous weapons-related crimes, was charged with possession of under a half-ounce of marijuana,  illegal transfer of a weapon, carrying a weapon without a permit, criminal possession of ammunition, criminal possession of a weapon, operating with a suspended registration and failure to carry insurance.

He is being held on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Sept. 23.

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