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Bridgeport Police: Convicted Felon Found With Gun In Routine Traffic Stop

Federico "Rico" Cannon
Federico "Rico" Cannon Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A routine traffic stop Monday turned up a convicted felon with a loaded 9-mm semiautomatic handgun, police said.

Members of the Bridgeport Task Force/Narcotics officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on a black Acura and noticed Federico “Rico” Cannon, 35, of Bridgeport, acting suspiciously in the passenger seat, police said.

He was taken out of the car and officers found the handgun under his seat, police said.

Cannon, who is on federal probation for firearms offenses, waived his right to remain silent and admitted he had the gun, police said.

He was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a firearm. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bond and was arraigned Tuesday.

“We are very serious about cracking down on illegal weapons,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Armando “AJ” Perez. “This arrest is a part of the department’s systematic approach to targeting high-profile individuals who we feel are engaging in violent behavior, or have the potential to engage in violent criminal behavior.”

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