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Deputy Finds Stun Gun, Pot During Traffic Stop

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

Police say a Connecticut man, who was allegedly driving on a suspended license, carried a weapon and drugs as he traveled through Southeast earlier this week.

According to a report from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Sheriff Edward Kennedy arrested Brookfield, CT resident Samphong Ngov, 34, around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say Kennedy stopped Ngov on Route 121 after he spotted a broken tail-light on the defendant's vehicle.

During the stop, Kennedy found that Ngov's "privilege to drive in New York had been suspended in 2009 for failure to answer a summons." The deputy also found an electronic stun gun and marijuana, according to the report.

Ngov is facing one charge of unlawful possession of marihuana, a violation, as well as the following misdemeanors: criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Driving without a license and with a broken tail light are both infractions.

Authorities released the defendant after he posted $250 bail at the Sheriff's Office. He is due in Southeast Justice Court March 1.

Mike Santos February 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This story illustrates why traffic stops aren't just revenue enhancers, as some folks think. A broken tail-light leads to more. Forget the pot. This stop took an illegal weapon and an unauthorized driver off the streets, and brings to the bench someone who apparently has little respect for the Courts of New York. Oh yeah, and it will put a few hundred bucks into Southeast's coffers, which are emptier than Uncle Scrooge's vault after a visit by the Beagle Brothers :)

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