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West Hartford Police Seize Stolen Gun, Drugs after Motor Vehicle Stop

Dontrell McCray. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

A Hartford man faces multiple charges after police discovered a stolen gun in his possession during a motor vehicle stop.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police arrested a Hartford man after finding him in possession of a stolen gun, as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia, during a traffic stop.

Capt. Michael Perruccio said that officers pulled over a black Honda Accord with overly-dark tinted windows on Prospect Avenue just north of Kane Street at 10:25 a.m. on April 2.

As soon as the driver, Dontrell McCray, 27, of Wyllys Street in Hartford, opened the window, the officer noticed a very strong odor of marijuana, Perruccio said. Drug paraphernalia was also observed in plain view, he said.

McCray excited the vehicle as instructed, and told police that he did not have any marijuana. He also told police, according to Perruccio, that he “did have a gun and did not have a permit for it.”

Police recovered and seized a handgun, as well as marijuana, from the vehicle.

According to Perruccio, a check of the gun’s serial number indicated that it had been stolen from North Carolina.

McCray was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, stealing a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, operating a motor vehicle without a license, illegal tint, and possession of less than 0.5 ounces of marijuana.

He was initially held on $250,000 bond, and remains in custody on $75,000 court set bond following an appearance on April 3. He is due back in court on May 8.

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