DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - A pair from Poughkeepsie are facing a gun charge after a routine welfare check on the Dutchess Turnpike by state police revealed they had an unlicensed revolver in their possession.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, troopers from Poughkeepsie conducted a welfare check on the occupants of a Nissan stopped on the shoulder of the turnpike with its hazard lights lit.
During the interview with the passengers, police said that they detected the smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, which was occupied by 21-year-old Jada Christiani and Christian Parker, 22. During the subsequent search of the vehicle, police discovered an Armscor revolver, which neither passenger had a permit to carry.
Christiani and Parker were both charged with a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. They were issued appearance tickets and are due back in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on Wednesday, April 19.