Police said Jerry Cruz is on parole and was not supposed to have the gun they said was hidden in a diaper.
New Haven police arrested a 31-year-old parolee after finding a gun tucked into a diaper in the back pouch of a car seat, according to a news release from police.
New Haven Officers Justin Marshal and Kyle Malloy were patrolling Washington Avenue near Morris Street at 8:16 p.m. on Tuesday when they spotted a Dodge Durango with an extinguished license plate light, pulled the truck over and approached the driver, Jerry Cruz, of New Haven, police said.
Cruz told police his license had been suspended and that he was on parole for a narcotics crime, according to police.
Police arrested Cruz and confiscated the bag of cocaine he had on him, police said.
When police looked through the passenger compartment of the car, they found a child's diaper that contained a Kel-Tec P3AT .380 caliber handgun in a seat back pouch, police said.
The gun, the origin of which wasn't available in the report, had been previously reported lost.
Cruz has no gun permit and is not allowed to have a weapon because he is a convicted felon who is on parole, police said.
Cruz was charged with criminal possession of a pistol, carrying a pistol without a permit, weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension and failing to have the license plate illuminated.