Hamden Police Sobriety Checkpoint Turns Up Pot, Gun

Two New Haven men are facing charges after they were stopped as part of the sobriety checkpoint on Dixwell Avenue.

Two New Haven men were arrested last weekend when allegedly caught in a Hamden Police sobriety checkpoint with marijuana and a handgun in the car. 

At about 10:30 p.m. Friday night Hamden Police were conducting the sobriety checkpoint on Dixwell Avenue when officers stopped a motor vehicle that had burnt marijuana emanating from inside, according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith. 

"[The] investigation led to the search of the vehicle. Officers located a loaded semi-automatic handgun inside of the operator’s door. In addition, officers found a bag of marijuana inside of the vehicle," Smith said. 

"The driver of the vehicle, Russell Gillian Jr. was promptly arrested. Further investigation revealed that the passenger, Javon Outlaw, was wanted on a warrant for Failure to Appear in Court."

Gillian, 23, of 67 Glenhaven Road, New Haven, was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit and possession of marijuana. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Jan. 3.

Outlaw, 24, of 155 Putnam St., New Haven, was charged with failure to appear in court.

Officer Mark Sheppard and Det. William Onofrio conducted the investigation, Smith said.





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