Feb 3, 2016 9:07 AM

Manchester man charged with having cocaine, illegal gun after traffic stop


MANCHESTER - Police say they found cocaine and a gun after pulling a vehicle over for a defective turn signal and asking the driver to step out of his vehicle.

Police say Stephen Hardy, 50, of Manchester was pulled over on South Main Street driving a 1998 Ford Explorer around 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

After police learned he had three warrants for his arrest out of Goffstown, he was asked to step out of the vehicle. Police say a small handgun fell out of his waistband as he exited.

Police say they also found a small bag of crack cocaine and that Hardy made several attempted to destroy or conceal the bag as he was being placed in police transport.

Hardy was wanted on two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of criminal liability for the conduct of another in Goffstown.

He was charged with possession of cocaine, falsifying physical evidence and possession of a firearm without a license in connection with the Manchester arrest.

A passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

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