Seat Belt Violation Turns into Narcotics and Firearm Arrest in Hartford

Obbie Prude (Photo: Connecticut State Police)
Obbie Prude (Photo: Connecticut State Police)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — What started as a stop for a seat belt violation ended with police finding marijuana and a hand gun on Thursday evening. State Troopers pulled over Bloomfield resident Obbie Prude and the driver of the vehicle for not wearing their seat belts.

(evidence photo provided by Connectcut State Police)
(evidence photo provided by Connectcut State Police)

After pulling the vehicle over just after 8:45 p.m. on exit 33 on I-91 southbound, officers noticed that the vehicle smelled of marijuana and both men were instructed to exit the vehicle after marijuana was discovered in plain view on the passenger side.

After being patted down a State Trooper located a loaded handgun in Prude’s waistband. He was then placed under arrest and taken into custody while the driver of the vehicle was released on scene with an infraction.

Prude, a Bloomfield resident, has been charged with Possession of Contraband Substance, Carrying a Pistol  Without Permit, Weapons in a Vehicle, and Failure to Wear a Safety Belt in the Front Seat. Prude has been held on a $250,000 bond.