Groton man faces charges for firearm, drugs after police chase

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GROTON — A convicted felon was arrested early Saturday morning after leading Groton City police on a brief chase, culminating in the discovery of an illegal firearm and a significant amount of crack cocaine.

James Ross Jr., 39, was observed driving erratically near Groton Estates Apartments at about 3:09 a.m. on May 5, according to the City of Groton Police Department.

After tossing an object from his window, Ross failed to evade police and was apprehended following a foot chase at Branford Manor.

The discarded object, later found by officers, turned out to be a loaded .32 caliber Walther PPK pistol and approximately 109.7 grams of crack cocaine.

Ross, who resides at 33 Tilley Street, Apartment 3, New London, is barred from possessing firearms due to his criminal record, which includes prior convictions for narcotics possession with intent to sell and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Facing multiple charges, including criminal possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, and operating a vehicle without a license, Ross was held on a $250,000 bond.

He is expected to appear in court on May 6.

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