Police: Waterbury felon had loaded gun with obliterated serial number

A file photo of a Waterbury, Conn., police cruiser. A Waterbury man was charged after police say they found him with a loaded gun and drugs Wednesday.

A file photo of a Waterbury, Conn., police cruiser. A Waterbury man was charged after police say they found him with a loaded gun and drugs Wednesday.

Waterbury Police Department / Contributed Photo /

WATERBURY — While investigating complaints in the area, police said they found a local man with a gun and drugs near East Main and Wall streets Wednesday.

The man, identified as Angel Gonzalez, 22, was charged with various offenses and held on a $500,000 bond, Lt. Ryan Bessette said in a news release Thursday.

Officers were actively patrolling the area Wednesday due to weapons, narcotics and other quality-of-life-related complaints in the area. During the investigation, they identified Gonzalez as a suspect, according to Bessette.

Bessette said Gonzalez initially ran from police, and during the chase, threw a firearm into tall vegetation. The officers took Gonzalez into custody and found the firearm.

The firearm, a loaded 9mm, had an obliterated serial number. Police also said Gonzalez did not posses a valid state pistol permit and is a convicted felon, making it illegal for him to have a gun.

Police also found Gonzalez in possession of 7.3 grams of crack cocaine, four bags of heroin/fentanyl, hallucinogenic pills and $35 in cash, according to Bessette.

Gonzalez was charged with criminal possession of a pistol/revolver, criminal possession of a firearm or an electronic defense weapon, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal sale or transfer of a pistol or revolver, tampering with evidence, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a hallucinogenic substance with intent to sell, possession of narcotics in a school zone, interfering with an officer and third-degree criminal trespass.

Police held Gonzalez on a $500,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.