Man charged with possession of marijuana, gun


A 32-year-old New Windsor man, who was a passenger in an automobile stopped for speeding, was arrested and held in lieu of $1,500 bond after a loaded .357 Magnum pistol was found under his seat yesterday, state police said.

The man, Ricky A. Clinton, of the 3100 block of Hooper Delight Road, also was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a stainless steel pipe, according to police.

Tfc. Leonard Mays said he began pursuing a 1976 Ford Mustang for speeding south on Route 31 about 10:30 a.m. and followed as it turned onto Marston Road.

The trooper said in charging documents that, as he turned on his siren and emergency lights, he saw Mr. Clinton look around and lean forward as if he were placing something under the seat.

As the vehicle stopped, the trooper said he ran to the passenger's side of the Mustang and could see the butt of a handgun protruding from under the seat.

After ordering the man out of the car, the trooper retrieved the .357 Magnum, loaded with five live bullets, and Mr. Clinton was arrested, the trooper said. Trooper Mays said he searched the man and found the pipe with suspected marijuana residue and a small amount of suspected marijuana.

The driver was not arrested.

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