Feb 18, 2016 3:21 PM

Police: Manchester man found with drugs, stolen gun after being stopped for driving violation

MANCHESTER - A man pulled over for failure to show license plates faces multiple charges after police say they found a stolen handgun, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

READ: NH State Police: Traffic stop leads to Mancheser drug arrest, discovery of 20 bags of heroin

According to police, Gary Fitzgerald, 35, of Manchester, was driving in the area of Granite and Douglas streets when he was pulled over on Wednesday. Police say they asked him to step outside the car after determining that he was operating with a suspended license. A state trooper who was working with a Manchester officer, searched Fitzgerald and found a ballistic vest under his jacket, various prescription pills, almost 3 grams of heroin and three syringes.

A search of the car led to the discovery of a .22 caliber Beretta handgun, two digital scales, empty cellophane bags and a lidocaine patch. The gun had been reported stolen in December from a Manchester home, police said.

Fitzgerald was charged with sale of a controlled drug, being a felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, felonious use of body armor and driving with a suspended license.

A passenger in the car, Sharon Crone, 34, was released at the scene and was not charged.

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