Southington police say man had gun, ammo, drug scale in vehicle

Published on Thursday, 9 August 2018 21:17


SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man was found with a handgun when he was pulled over in Southington last weekend, police said.

Jason Pinette, 29, had a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a magazine containing 10 bullets in his vehicle when he was stopped for speeding on Saturday, Southington police said Tuesday. He did not have a pistol permit.

When Pinette was pulled over, according to police, the officer saw a type of scale that is commonly used to weigh drugs.

Upon being questioned, he turned over a “small marijuana cigarette” to the officer, police said.

A police dog and his handler later arrived as backup, and the dog indicated to police that there were drugs in Pinette’s vehicle.

A search turned up the gun and ammunition, but no other drugs were found.

Pinette faces charges of carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a handgun, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of less than a half-ounce of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

Pinette is free on $10,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Aug. 13.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 9 August 2018 21:17. Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2018 21:20.