MANCHESTER — Two city men are facing criminal charges after a traffic stop outside the Red Arrow Diner ended with the seizure of a firearm and a backpack full of drugs early Monday morning in Manchester.
Manchester police patrolling the Bridge Street area around 1 a.m. Monday stopped a motorist who appeared to be acting suspicious, according to police.
The driver, identified by police as Jesse Bauchman, 26, of Manchester was found to be in possession of a 9mm pistol, police said. Officers later determined Bauchman was a convicted felon.
Police said a search of the car revealed a backpack filled with drugs identified as crack, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana.
Bauchman was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute, being a convicted felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, felonious use of a firearm and operating after suspension.
Maneston Odige, 35, of Manchester, who police say was also in the vehicle, is also charged with possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute.