On the November 12th, 2015 at 12:40pm, Hartford Shooting Task Force investigators conducted a motor vehicle stop at 690 Albany Avenue. Upon stopping the vehicle, the operator suddenly jumped out of the driver’s seat and attempted to approach the STF Detectives. The operator was detained for officer safety without incident. The operator, later identified as Joseph Steele, stated he did not have identification or any paper work for the vehicle he was operating. Upon approaching the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana was detected. As detective's checked the center console to locate paperwork, narcotics and a firearm was observed. Detectives also located a second firearm hidden behind a pull out AM / FM radio. Marijuana, Heroin, Crack Cocaine, prescription pills and a digital scale were located.
Arrest; Steele, Joseph 29 of Hartford, CT. (18 previous Hartford arrests)
1. Failure to Obey Stop Sign
2. Possession of Narcotics
3. PWITS Narcotics
4. Possession Controlled Substance
5. PWITS Controlled Substance
6. PWITS 1500 ft School
7. Drug Factory
8. Failure to Keep Prescription in Original Container
9. Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit
10. Weapons in Motor Vehicle
11. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
12. Unregistered M/V
13. Operating Under Suspension
14. Misuse of Plates.
Firearm #1: Smith & Wesson .32 caliber revolver color silver, 4 live rounds, 2 spent rounds.
Firearm #2: Silver revolver, unknown make / model, not loaded.