Pair charged after Meriden police find guns, drugs in vehicle

Pair charged after Meriden police find guns, drugs in vehicle

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MERIDEN — A man and woman face charges after police said they were found with guns and cocaine in the parking lot of a local hotel.

Candace Marseglia, 44, of 182 Amity St., and Roberto Laboy, 44, of 25 Laurel St., Hartford, were both charged Friday with criminal possession of a firearm, weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of a high capacity magazine.

Marseglia was also charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and failure to keep prescription drugs in a proper container.

Laboy was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Police responded to the Meriden Inn, 1102 E. Main St., around 6 p.m. for a report of suspicious activity involving a car that was parked in the lot, according to police reports. An employee told police the car was parked for over an hour and other vehicles were pulling up next to it and leaving quickly.

Police noted the hotel manager had previously asked police to perform extra checks “due to a large amount of drug activity and drug sales taking place in the parking lot,” the report said. 

Police located the car from the description provided and identified Marseglia as the driver. A man, later identified as Laboy, was in the passenger seat. Police found cash and  drug paraphernalia — including used syringes — in plain view inside the car, the report said.  

Police searched the vehicle and found a Polymer 80 9mm without a serial number inside a bag with Marseglia’s identification, the report said. It had a 16 round magazine loaded with 10 rounds. An EKOL Viper 9mm blank firearm with five rounds and a Polymer 80 9mm were also seized along with 15 9mm Luger rounds, almost 24 grams of crack cocaine, about $400 in cash and an assortment of prescription medication. An eight-inch kitchen knife and a digital scale were also found.  

Laboy’s bond was set at $150,000. He is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 2.

 Marseglia was taken to MidState Medical center for an unknown medical issue. She was also held on $150,000 bond. 

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