A Connecticut man recently released on a parole violation there is now jailed in Atlantic County on gun and drug charges.
Stephen Jenkins, 34, of New Haven, was arrested Saturday after he was allegedly seen loading a handgun inside a vehicle.
Police got a call at 1:26 p.m., saying a man was inside the vehicle with the gun in the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue, Lt. Kevin Fair said.
Officers Valmir Loga and Christian Ivanov were able to quickly locate the vehicle, thanks to a detailed description the caller gave of the man and vehicle, according to the report.
They found Jenkins standing on the passenger side of the vehicle with the door open, Fair said.
As the officers approached, Jenkins got into the car, and initially refused orders to get out of the vehicle, the report says.
The two other people inside the vehicle, Almeen Palmer and Anastasia Santos, were were removed from the vehicle and detained.
The officers found a handgun and ammunition on the passenger side floorboard, along with a small amount of marijuana, Fair said.
Santos, 35, of Trumball, Conn., allegedly had 14 grams of marijuana inside her bag.
Jenkins was sentenced to prison in Connecticut back in 2013, related to a gun charge, court records show.
He was arrested this September on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, which also led to a violation of probation.
He is now in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of marijuana and certain person not to possess a weapon.
Palmer, 43, of Atlantic City, and Santos, were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana.
Palmer was additionally charged with possession of a weapon by a certain person.
Both were released on a summonses.
Note: The Atlantic County Justice Facility no longer provides mugshots to the media, citing the Atlantic County prosecutor’s order. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office says it’s part of the Attorney General’s Guidelines. There is no such guideline, according to the Attorney General’s Office, but they have told these offices for years that they should not release any photos that appear to be mugshots.