MERIDEN — A man with an extensive criminal history was on parole when he was taken into custody on weapon and motor vehicle charges during a traffic stop last week, according to police.
It was just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 when an officer patrolling a high-crime area saw what he believed to be a drug sale between a pedestrian and the driver of a vehicle, police said.
The officer followed the driver and saw a motor vehicle violation, police said. The officer stopped the driver as he pulled into a business parking lot.
The driver, identified by police as Teharmon Techer, was acting nervous and “appeared to be concealing something” during the traffic stop, police said.
The officer learned Techer, a felon, had an extensive criminal history, including narcotics, firearms and robbery arrests, police said.
As the officer searched the vehicle, he found a gun with a red laser attached to the barrel hidden under the driver’s seat, police said. Techer was also in possession of nearly $4,000 cash, police said.
Techer, who is on parole, was taken into custody.
Court records show he was charged with illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. For the alleged motor vehicle violations, he was also charged with failure to display lights and illegal operation of a motor vehicle under suspension.
Police said he was held on a $75,000 bond, but court records show that was reduced to a promise to appear and he was released from custody.
He is next expected in court on Jan. 6, 2021, to enter a plea for the charges.