Two Arrested on Gun Charges After Traffic Stop in Danbury

Two people face charges after troopers seized marijuana and several handguns from a car on Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop in Danbury, according to Connecticut State Police.

Police said a trooper from Troop A-Southbury saw a car traveling at a speed of 81 mph in a 55 mph area on I-84 westbound near exit 2. They stopped the Ford Explorer.

According to police, while talking to the driver, troopers noticed a strong scent of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A passenger said that he had smoked marijuana and that he had "blunts in the car," police said.

Troopers, Danbury police officers and state police K9 Favor searched the car during the investigation, State Police said.

They found blunts, a small bag of marijuana and three firearms from inside the vehicle, police said. One of the firearms had the serial number scratched off.

Two of the passengers, 37-year-old Robert Ruiz and 24-year-old Hector Martinez, were taken into custody and transported to Troop A, police said. The driver was issued an infraction for speeding and was released.

Ruiz was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of weapons in a motor vehicle and alteration of firearm identification, according to police, and was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Martinez was charged with illegal possession of weapons in a motor vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon, police said. Martinez was released after posting $2,5000 bond.

Both are scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on April 3, 2018.

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