By Kevin Deutsch
A driver stopped by police for not wearing his seatbelt in Coral Springs was caught with an illegal loaded gun — missing a serial number — cocaine, and marijuana inside his SUV, court records show.
Coral Springs Police Officer August Charni stopped the gray Mitsubishi’s driver, Steven Pierrelouis, 25, on Aug. 24, after spotting him driving without his safety belt and with a cracked left taillight in the 6500 block of Turtle Run Blvd, the records show.
Pierrelouis of Coral Springs told police there was a gun under his seat and cocaine in the center console, according to an arrest affidavit. A search of the SUV revealed a black .380 ACP, semi-automatic Lorcin handgun with a round in the chamber and its serial number filed down, making it unreadable, the affidavit states.
Police said they also found four small baggies full of cocaine and two bags of marijuana, as well as a digital scale and marijuana grinder. A check revealed Pierrelouis was driving illegally with a suspended license, according to the affidavit.
Pierrelouis is charged with multiple counts of drug possession, carrying a concealed firearm, removing a serial number from a firearm, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, failing to wear a safety belt, and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment.
He was released from the Broward Main Jail on Aug. 25 after posting bond, records show.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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