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Posted on: July 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 2022-07-12: Traffic Violation Leads to Marijuana and Weapons Charge

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On Tuesday July 12, 2022, during the early morning hours, a Trumbull police officer conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation which led to the arrest of a couple for motor vehicle and criminal charges. Steffon A. McDonald, age 43, of Bronx, NY, and Coretta Hines-Campbell, age 35, of Bridgeport, CT were both arrested after officers discovered several pounds of marijuana and weapons in their vehicle.

At approximately 1:00 AM, McDonald was operating a 2004 Ford van where it exited the Route 25 Southbound ramp exit 6 onto Old Town Rd. where the vehicle proceeded through the red traffic control signal. The Trumbull officer stopped the van nearby where McDonald stated that he did not have his license because he forgot it at home, and that his girlfriend lived close by and she will be bringing it to the scene. While speaking with McDonald, the officer detected the odor of marijuana inside of the vehicle, and when questioned about any marijuana in the vehicle, McDonald stated that he had “one blunt”.

A short time later, Hines-Campbell arrived on scene and exited her vehicle. McDonald then exited his vehicle before Hines-Campbell got into McDonald's van and began to drive it away. Hines-Campbell was then stopped by police, and as she opened the van’s door the officer observed there to be “nun chuck” style weapons, and a large knife within reach of the driver’s seat. Further observation lead to the discovery of ten (10) bags of marijuana weighing over six (6) pounds, and over $28,000. in cash.

McDonald was charged with Interfering with an Officer, Possession of Weapons in a Motor vehicle, Operating a Drug Factory, Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and Sale of a Narcotic Substance. McDonald was held on a $25,000.00 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on July 19, 2022. McDonald was also issued an infraction for Operating a Motor vehicle Without a License, and Failure to Obey a Traffic Signal.

Hines-Campbell was charged with Interfering with an Officer and was released on a written Promise to Appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on July 19, 2022.

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