Uber driver arrested after police find weapons, drugs in a hidden compartment

Fernando “Sosa” Rodriguez, 27, was arrested after drugs and a weapon on him and in his vehicle.

(Stamford Police Department)

An off-duty Uber driver was arrested in Conneticut with cocaine, marijuana and a firearm after authorities received a tip that he would be in the area of the supply of drugs.

Stamford police officers arrested Fernando “Sosa” Rodriguez, 27, of Danbury, on Wednesday evening.

Agents were on location, and Rodriguez when he pulled up in a black Jeep SUV, drawing their weapons as he reached into the front of his pants, officials said.

According to the Greenwich Daily Voice, officers searched Rodriguez and the vehicle and found $758 in cash, and two bound (plastic) bag with 30 grams of cocaine, as well as an additional 120 grams of cocaine.

Stamford police then brought in the K-9 Pyro, which brought them to a secret compartment behind the glove compartment, where they discovered more cocaine and a silver and black Ruger 9 mm. semi-automatic pistol with nine rounds of ammunition next to the Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin told the local publication.

(Stamford Police Department)

Rodriguez is a convicted criminal, who has a previous weapons charges, as well.

When officers asked Rodriguez why he carried the gun, he told me that he worked as an Uber driver and that he would have been shot at three times in Waterbury.

He was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a weapon in a vehicle and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, the Greenwich Daily Voice reports.

The police asked for $150,000 bond, which was increased to $250,000 by a judge after learning of the previous gun.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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