Poughkeepsie stop nets 3 on drug, gun charges

The Poughkeepsie Police Department is shown in this The Poughkeepsie Police Department is shown in this file photo. (Feb. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Lee Ferris

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A traffic stop in the city of Poughkeepsie over the weekend led to the arrests of three men on drug and weapons charges, city police said.

At 12:18 a.m. Saturday, police stopped a vehicle on Mansion Street on suspicion of vehicle and traffic infractions. During the stop, officers discovered a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, marijuana and crack cocaine in the vehicle, police said in a statement.

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Officers also found the driver, Ronald Bond, 22, of the city of Poughkeepsie, had a suspended license and charged him with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and several other vehicle and traffic infractions, officials said.

The passengers, Jamie Peterson, 20, and Rashawn Malone, 22, both of the city of Poughkeepsie, were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Malone was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

All three were arraigned Saturday before City Court Judge Frank Mora and sent to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. They are due back in court Friday.

Attempts to reach legal representatives for the three suspects were unsuccessful Tuesday.

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