Nov 9, 2016 1:19 PM

Police: Manchester convicted felon found with loaded handgun, bottle of drugs

MANCHESTER — A Manchester man was found with a loaded handgun and a prescription bottle filled with various drugs after failing to use his turn signal.

The officers approached the car after witnessing a failed turn signal and immediately noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana Tuesday at about 6:10 p.m., police said.

The driver identified as James Philippe, 36, consented to the search of the vehicle, police said.

Officers located a loaded Taurus .380 handgun and a prescription bottle containing 13-30mg Mirtazapine pills, 26-10mg Citalopram pills and three capsules containing a brown powder which tested presumptive positive for heroin.

Philippe was convicted of a felony in the past so he is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, police said.

He was arrested and charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a controlled drug and two counts possession of a prescription drug.

Philippe was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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