Police: 3 charged after Meriden officers find gun, drugs after pursuit

Police: 3 charged after Meriden officers find gun, drugs after pursuit



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MERIDEN — Two men and a woman face charges after police said they fled from officers Monday and were found in Cromwell with drugs, a gun and stun gun. 

Juwan Morales, 22, of 668 Jamaica Ave., Brooklyn, New York, was charged with theft of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, conspiracy, interfering with police, first-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving. 

Darwin Galarza, 20, no address listed, was charged with no pistol permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, and conspiracy. 

Antoinique Bass-Davis, 20, of 208 Westwood Dr., Waterbury, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, conspiracy and weapon in a motor vehicle. 

Around 2 p.m. Monday members of the Meriden crime suppression unit were conducting patrols downtown when police saw a car run a red light at East Main and Pratt streets, the report said. Police followed the car and noted the driver, later identified as Morales, made several turns and ignored officers’ attempts to stop the car. While near Lewis Avenue, in a school zone during school dismissal time, police noted the car drove around vehicles into traffic. 

According to the report, Morales drove onto I-691 East, then onto I-91 North. Police followed the car at a distance to where Morales exited onto Route 372 in Cromwell. The car stopped in a parking lot. Police called Cromwell police for backup and approached the car. The car fled onto a dead end road. When police approached the car again they noted the two men were gone and the woman, identified as Bass-Davis, was still inside the car. Police tracked the men on foot and both were taken into custody and identified as Morales and Galarza, the report noted. 

Police found a Colt Model Trooper Mark III .357 magnum in the parking area, the report noted. Police found a total of 3.9 grams of crack cocaine in Bass-Davis’ pants and a stun gun inside a purse. 

Morales and Galarza were each held on $500,000 bond. Bass-Davis was held on $25,000 bond. They are due in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 16. 

lsellew@record-journal.com203-317-2225Twitter: @LaurenSellewRJ


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