Rhode Island traffic stop yields drugs, ‘cache of loaded weapons’
By Jared Morgan
A traffic stop in Rhode Island last week netted a large quantity of drugs and a “cache of loaded weapons,” including pistols, rifles, a sawed-off shotgun and smoke grenades, authorities announced Tuesday.
Col. Ann C. Assumpico, superintendent of the Rhode Island Police, said the seizure was the largest in recent memory.
“These lethal weapons posed a tremendous threat to everyone living, working or vacationing in Rhode Island,” Assumpico said. “We are extremely grateful to have these dangerous weapons off the streets, and we will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute these and other weapons cases.”
The bust happened just off Interstate 95 in Greenwich, where Charlotte, North Carolina resident Anthony Mondrez Thompson, 39, was pulled over for an unspecified “motor vehicle violation,” Lt. Col. Joe Philbin told Guns.com by phone Thursday.
During the stop, at about 7:55 p.m., a trooper asked Thompson if he had ever been convicted of a crime. Thompson lied about that and about having weapons in his vehicle. Upon running Thompson’s information, the trooper discovered he had a rather lengthy criminal record, “including multiple convictions for firearm and drug trafficking crimes,” Philbin said in a statement.
The trooper returned to Thompson’s vehicle and ordered him to get out. Thompson complied, but