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Officers Stop Car, Find Stolen Gun and Pot Inside: Police



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    Tyler Sykes, Travis Stroud and Maxine Nixon (left to right) are facing charges after New Haven police stopped their car and reportedly found marijuana and a stolen handgun inside.

    Three people are facing charges after police pulled over their car in New Haven and found a stolen handgun and marijuana inside.

    According to police, Maxine Nixon, 24, of Hamden; Tyler Sykes, 24, of New Haven; and Travis Stroud, 21, of New Haven were driving on Chapel Street in New Haven the afternoon of March 22 when Nixon, the driver, turned onto North Street without signaling.

    A license plate scan revealed that the Acura was uninsured and its registration had been suspended, police said.

    Nixon reportedly failed to provide an insurance card, and the smell of marijuana wafted through the open window, according to police. Sykes, the front-seat passenger, admitted to hiding the drug underneath the passenger seat.

    Officers searched the car and found a loaded 9 mm handgun on the driver’s side floor. Police said the gun was stolen from Waynesboro, Ga. in 2009.

    Stroud, a convicted felon who was sitting in the backseat, was reportedly found with seven bags of marijuana in his pocket.

    Nixon, Sykes and Stroud all had access to the gun, police said.

    All three were arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle and theft of a firearm.

    Nixon was additionally charged with three motor vehicle offenses.

    Sykes was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

    Stroud was additionally charged with criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.