New Britain man charged with marijuana, gun possession – Newbritainherald
NEW BRITAIN – A city man is expected to be released on bond Friday after his arrest on charges he had nine ounces of marijuana and two illegal guns stowed on property owned by his mother.
Timothy Bates, 29, of 111 Columbia St., first-floor, came under suspicion as police were investigating information that a man was selling marijuana out of his address, a police report said.
Members of the Special Services Unit served a search warrant at the location Tuesday after using a ramming device to open the door when no one answered, the report said.
Bates was found in the master bedroom. He told police that he had two guns and nine ounces of marijuana hidden within the apartment.
A search with a police canine revealed that the bulk of the marijuana was found in eight separate plastic bags in a night stand and a loaded Keltec .32 caliber pistol with the serial number scraped off on the headboard of the bed.
Officers also found $3,000 and a box of high velocity ammunition on the headboard, 12-gauge shotgun ammunition in a dresser and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun in a closet. Another $800 was found in his wallet, police said.
In a separate sound studio room, police found a vacuum sealer, three scales commonly used for weighing illegal drugs and two jars of marijuana.
A small amount of cocaine was found on one of the scales, police said.
Bates’ mother arrived during the search and told police she owned the property. She agreed to let officers search the garage where they found nothing.
Bates has a third-degree assault conviction from 2004 that bars him from possessing a gun.
He was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school or housing project and alteration of a firearm ID.
Bates was held on $75,000 bond payable in court only after his arraignment Wednesday. Court records said Bates was expected to pay the bond Friday and be released with electronic monitoring.
Lisa Backus can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 5066 or [email protected]
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