MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police said he was found with a loaded handgun and drugs during a traffic stop.
Sammy Ortiz, 23, of 121 Windsor Ave., 3rd floor, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of a pistol without a permit, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and several other drug charges.
Ortiz was a passenger in a car that police stopped along West Main Street at about 1 p.m. Monday because it did not have a front license plate, according to a police report.
Officers noticed a smell of marijuana coming from inside the car and Ortiz told police he had marijuana in his backpack. Police found about $2,300 in cash on the side of the passenger seat, a loaded 9mm handgun underneath the front passenger seat, marijuana, cocaine and fentanyl in the backpack. In total police seized about an ounce of marijuana, less than a quarter ounce of heroin, about half an ounce of cocaine, 49 pills and a digital scale, the report said.
Ortiz was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. The judge set bond at $150,000 and continued the case to May 21.
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