Man on parole found with gun in Stamford
STAMFORD — A city man on parole for dealing crack cocaine was found with a loaded semiautomatic pistol during a routine traffic stop Monday afternoon police said.
An officer monitoring traffic on Cove Road spotted a driver and passenger not wearing seat belts at about 3:30 p.m., police said. The driver of the car, Quantel Brown, 30, of Richmond Hill Avenue, was operating on a suspended license, police said.
When the officer asked if Brown had any contraband in the car, Brown said he was welcome to search the vehicle, according to police.
Inside the trunk, police discovered a loaded .45 caliber Taurus semiautomatic pistol and an illegal high-capacity magazine, police said.
Police also found out that the gun had been stolen out of the state of Georgia, said Sgt. Robert Shawinsky.
In 2015 Brown pleaded guilty to felony sales of narcotics and was sentenced to five years in jail and five years special parole. He was also convicted of first-degree escape in 2012.
The special parole allows authorities to remand Brown to jail for any violation, and could require Brown to serve the entire unexpired portion of the drug sentence in jail.
On Monday Brown was charged by Stamford police with criminal possession of a firearm, stealing a firearm, possession of a large capacity magazine, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, driving on a suspended license and failure to use a seat belt. He was held in lieu of a $100,000 court appearance bond.