Dad Stored Gun Under Sleeping Daughter's Mattress: Cops

Father accused of drug operation

A Hamden dad’s not going to be in the running for dad of the year after, cop say, he stashed a gun under the mattress where his 5-year-old daughter was sleeping. 
On Wednesday, a search and seizure mission led Hamden Police to Eric Ball’s Helen Street apartment. Inside, they found a .40 Caliber handgun under the mattress, bullets, four bags of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, police said.

Ball, 25, had a permit for the handgun, cops said. There are, however, no permits for the illegal narcotics Ball allegedly had and planned to sell.

Ball was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, risk of injury to a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ball  is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.

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