Putnam traffic stop nets Pennsylvania fugitive with stolen gun, drugs



PHILIPSTOWN – A Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania man is in the Putnam County
Jail following his arrest for a traffic violation on Route 9 in the Town
of Philipstown.

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a car driven by Benjamin
Franklin Stine, IV, 24, for having an excessively loud muffler and he
was allegedly found in possession of a stolen and loaded .32 caliber revolver,
an illegal gravity knife, hypodermic needles and quantities of substances
suspected to be crystal methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

A computer check following the March 22 traffic stop also revealed Stine
was wanted on a bench warrant issued in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
for a probation violation.

Putnam County authorities charged Stine with felony criminal possession
of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. He was also charged
with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, two misdemeanor counts
of drug possession, a violation of unlawful possession of marijuana and
traffic infractions.

The top felony gun county carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in state
prison and a fine of up to $5,000, authorities said.

Stine was remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail
or $150,000 bond.


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