Police: Men found with loaded gun, drugs after traffic stop in Meriden

Police: Men found with loaded gun, drugs after traffic stop in Meriden

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MERIDEN — Two men face charges after police said officers found a loaded gun and drugs in a car following a motor vehicle stop on Saturday. 

Jacob Acampora, 19, of 464 Westland Ave., Cheshire, and Charlie Drain, 26, of 51 Britannia St., were each charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a high capacity magazine, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. Acampora was also charged with failure to signal.

The incident began when police said they saw a Honda CRV headed south on Hanover Road make a left turn onto Highland Avenue without a turn signal around 2.:44 a.m., according to a police report. 

Officers stopped the vehicle on Highland Avenue and noticed Drain, a passenger, was smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette, the report said.

Police searched the car and found a Taurus 9mm handgun with a 12 round high capacity magazine loaded with nine rounds of ammunition, the report said. Police also found a small pill bottle containing 25.6 grams of cocaine, a plastic bag containing 2.3 grams of marijuana, two glass bongs and  $517 in cash.  

At the police station, both men were uncooperative, the report said. The bond for both was set at $50,000. They are due to appear in Meriden Superior Court on June 21. 

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