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Routine traffic stop turns up gun in Stamford

January 31, 2019

STAMFORD — A gun and an illegal high-capacity magazine were seized during a routine traffic stop on Stamford’s East Side after a police officer saw a passenger acting suspicious.

Sgt. Chip White said officer Cory Fisher saw a car illegally parked on the side of Seaton Road and when he pulled up behind the vehicle, it drove away making a turn on Standish Road without using its blinkers. Fisher pulled the car over and, while talking to the driver, noticed a man sitting in the passenger seat nervously flicking his lighter.

Fisher and other officers arriving as backup saw some of those in the car making furtive movements and smelled marijuana coming from the car. Having a bad feeling about the man with the lighter, the officers ordered the occupants out of the vehicle.

When the passenger, Renoy McFarlane, 31, of Lawn Avenue, was getting out of the car, another officer spotted a pistol on the passenger-side floor near the base of the seat, White said.

McFarlane did not have a permit to carry the weapon, which had a fully loaded 14-bullet, high-capacity magazine with one bullet already in the chamber of the semiautomatic pistol. White said magazines are only legal if they carry 10 rounds or less.

Police said they also found a small amount of marijuana in a grinder.

McFarlane was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a large-capacity magazine. McFarlane was held in lieu of a $25,000 court appearance bond.

White called the arrest a “good, proactive” traffic stop by Fisher and the other officers.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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