MIDDLETOWN — Police said they found guns and drugs after stopping a stolen vehicle Monday.
Middletown Police Department’s Street Crime Unit was conducting surveillance Monday related to an ongoing narcotics investigation. During the surveillance, police stopped a motor vehicle that was also related to the investigation.
After stopping the car, police said they learned the vehicle was reported stolen.
Police then searched the car and found a glock-style facsimile firearm, an unregistered Berretta .25 caliber handgun with seven live rounds, a soft handgun holster and Schedule IV narcotics, police said. This could include Xanax, Valium and other drugs, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Neither the driver, 38-year-old Sean Arcari of South Windsor, nor the passenger, 26-year-old Joselito Rosario of Rocky Hill, had permits to carry the firearms, police said. The officers arrested both men.
Arcari was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of narcotics and third-degree larceny for operating the stolen car. Arcari is being held on $300,000 bond, according to police.
Rosario was charged with criminal possession of a firearm. He is being held on $250,000 bond, police said.
Both men were seen in court Tuesday, police said.
Liz Hardaway is a breaking news reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media through the Hearst Fellowship Program.
She previously worked at the San Antonio Express-News to help cover city hall and local issues. She also worked at the Sun Newspapers in Southwest Florida as a general assignment reporter covering politics, business, and health.
Liz graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2018 with a B.A. in journalism. She enjoys cooking, reading and playing with her dachshund, Finn.