Police: Meriden man found with gun, drugs after attempting to flee from officers

Police: Meriden man found with gun, drugs after attempting to flee from officers

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MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police said he was found with a small amount of cocaine and a handgun Tuesday morning. 

Rakim Cardona, 25, of 58 Woodley Court, Unit 14, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, risk of injury to a minor, interfering with an officer, reckless driving, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and failure to have tail lamps. 

Cardona was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. The judge set bond at $250,000 and transferred the case to the New Haven gun docket.

The incident began when police saw a Ford Focus looping around the area of Crown and Willow streets around 9:15 a.m. and suspected it was involved in the sale or purchase of narcotics, according to a police report. 

When police approached the vehicle on Woodley Court, Cardona put the vehicle in reverse and officers deployed stop sticks, which deflated the front passenger side tire, the report said. Cardona continued to drive away and eventually stopped on Broad Street. He tried to flee before police took him into custody. 

Police found a pill bottle in Cardona’s pocket containing 1.4 grams of crack cocaine packaged into six pieces. They also found a Ruger handgun in the yard of 94/96 Broad St., the report said. A female passenger and child were in the car during the incident. 

At the police station, Cardona told police he believed he dropped the gun as he was trying to jump a fence, the report said. He said he found the gun about six months ago on Grove Street.

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