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ATTLEBORO - The driver in a traffic stop in which police seized drugs and a loaded gun pleaded guilty Wednesday to carrying a gun and cocaine possession in exchange for prosecutors dropping a second drug charge.

Ryan McCoy, 19, of Central Falls, R.I., was sentenced to 18 months in jail for possession of a firearm, the mandatory minimum for that charge, said his lawyer, Nicolas Gordon of Mansfield.

McCoy also was sentenced to a year in jail for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. He will be credited for the six months he has been held in jail awaiting trial, Gordon said.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of drug violation in a school zone, Gordon said. The sentencing occurred in Attleboro District Court, where McCoy had been scheduled to face trial.

The charges stem from a 3:30 a.m. traffic stop on April 8 at Pleasant Street and Starkey Avenue, where police allege McCoy drove through a red light. Police searched McCoy, his passenger, Rithana Pho, and the car after smelling the odor of burnt marijuana in the vehicle.

Police recovered a loaded .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun and three rounds of hollow-tipped .22-caliber ammunition from the glove compartment. Police also recovered plastic bags containing small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.

Pho, 18, of 4 Eden Terrace in Attleboro, pleaded guilty last week to drug charges, but was acquitted of carrying a firearm without a license.

He was ordered to serve 18 months in jail for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana.

The balance of the jail term was suspended with probation for one year. He was given credit for the six months he has been held in jail awaiting trial.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/10/16/news/3803237.txt
 
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