Detectives said they received a tip that a known felon had a gun in a Hartford neighborhood.
Police said they arrested Rufas Howell, 39, on a number of charges.
Howell was spotted by a surveillance team in the area of Main Street and Tower Avenue around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police said they saw him enter an unregistered orange-colored Infinity SUV.
When he drove off, police said it committed a number of motor vehicle violations.
They stopped the vehicle and took Howell into custody on Jackson Boulevard.
Detectives said they found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, two bags containing 16 grams of unprocessed heroin and 40 grams of unprocessed cocaine.
Howell is a convicted felon, according to police.
He was charged with several firearm, drug and motor vehicle charges.
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