Two city men face weapons and drug charges after Special Services officers questioned them Wednesday evening in South Norwalk.
Police spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Cotto said officers working as an anti-crime street team noticed a car turn from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive onto Washington Street at high speed, and began following it.
The car turned onto Madison Street, and the officers reported finding it at 5:54 p.m. stopped in the rear lot of Klaff's at 28 Washington St.
The car had darkly tinted glass, so the officers could not see its occupants, Cotto said. They tapped on a window and indicated they wanted it rolled down.
Cotto said when the window came down the officers detected a strong smell of marijuana smoke and ordered the two men in the car to exit it.
They patted the men down and allegedly found the passenger, identified as Zakary Joseph, was carrying a fully loaded, .380 caliber Bersa handgun in his pocket. The serial number on the gun was filed off, Cotto said.
Joseph allegedly also was carrying a plastic bag containing marijuana.
Cotto said the officers also found Joseph possessed a red bandana, a red and black beaded neckless and a woven string necklace. The officers said the colors of the items matched the colors of the Bloods gang.
The driver, identified as Mikenley St. Victor, had an oustanding arrest warrant for issuing a bad check and fourth-degree larceny.
Joseph, 21, of 26 Fairfield Ave., was charged with carrying a gun without a permit, possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, altering a gun's identification, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was held on $50,000 bond and given a court date of Nov. 1.
St. Victor, 23, of 11 Oak St., was charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle because a machete was allegedly found in the car's trunk. He also was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to carry registration and insurance documents.
St. Victor was held on $25,000 bond for the on-site charges, and an additional $3,000 bond for the arrest warrant. He was given a court date of Nov. 1.