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Motor Vehicle Stop by Wellesley Police Leads to Firearm Violation Charges

The following information was provided by Wellesley Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Photo by Kelly A. Mello
Photo by Kelly A. Mello

In what began as a motor vehicle violation stop by a Wellesley Police Department officer ended up in an arrest for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., Detective Chris Connelly stopped a motor vehicle on Route 9 near Cedar Street for a motor vehicle violation. During the course of the stop, Connelly learned that the driver had a suspended license in New York. The New York plates were also suspended on the vehicle for insurance violations. The driver, identified as Jellis Jones, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Connelly and Officer Dixon were in the process of inventorying the contents of the motor vehicle prior to it being towed. While conducting this inventory, Connelly discovered a disassembled Walther 9mm pistol in a grocery shopping bag in the bottom of the trunk. The officers also found some 68 rounds of 9mm ammunition with the firearm. Jones did not have a valid license to carry a firearm and had been living in New York City for the past several years.

Jones was arraigned in Dedham District Court Dec. 11 for the motor vehicle violations as well as possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license.

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