STAMFORD, Conn. -- A traffic stop for a motorist who rolled through a stop sign Wednesday morning turned into a major arrest for Stamford police as they picked up two handguns, marijuana, a scale and packaging material, police said.
Rushane Randall, 25, of 252 Connecticut Ave., Stamford, was arrested on multiple charges.
Narcotics and Organized Crime squad officers were in the area of Connecticut Avenue and Myano Lane, which has seen gun activity in the past, and noticed a car going through a stop sign, Capt. Richard Conklin said. The car was pulled over and officers noticed Randall, a 17-year-old male passenger and the 4-year-old daughter of Randall's girlfriend, Conklin said.
Officers also noticed the smell of marijuana and discovered a small amount of marijuana in the possession of Randall and his 17-year-old passenger, Conklin said.
Police also found nearly 4 ounces of marijuana inside 10 plastic bags in the trunk of the car, Conklin said.
When he told them he lived at 252 Connecticut Ave., officers knew it was the same residence that police had received complaints about alleged drug dealing, Conklin said. Randall consented to a search of his residence and police discovered another 50 grams of marijuana and a .22-caliber Ruger handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition and with its serial number erased, Conklin said.
Conklin said Randall denied having any other weapons but then said a friend from New York may have left a his handgun inside a book bag in the closet. A peek inside by officers resulted in the discovery of a .380-caliber handgun loaded with seven bullets, Conklin said. That handgun had been reported stolen in Georgia, he said.
Randall was charged with stealing a firearm, illegal alteration of pistol identification numbers, risk of injury to a child, illegal storage of weapons with respect to minors, operating a drug factory, sale of marijuana and possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana. He was released after posting $125,000 court appearance bond.
“Due to current events, we are very happy to get two illicit firearms off the street,” Conklin said as he praised the work of the officers of the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad for their alertness.
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