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Police: Handgun, drugs seized following traffic stop in Westport

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A traffic stop led to a drug and firearm-related arrest in Westport on Sunday morning.

According to police, on Sunday around 9:00 a.m., an officer was conducting stationary radar in the area of 180 Bayberry Lane when a vehicle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed.

Officials conducted a traffic stop and say they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.

During the stop, officers learned the operator of the offending vehicle, 23-year-old Tony Bowens, Jr. of Shelton, had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in court and had his pistol permit revoked.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded handgun underneath the driver’s seat along with ammunition and .06 ounces of marijuana, according to police.

Bowens, Jr. was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana less than .5 ounces, weapon in a motor vehicle and other related charges.

He was released after posting a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 3.

Bowens, Jr. was also charged for the outstanding arrest warrant.

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