North Carolina duo arrested trying to sell handguns in Hartford’s North End, police say

Zach Murdock, Hartford Courant
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A North Carolina couple was arrested Monday in Hartford’s North End trying to sell five handguns, one of which was reported stolen in South Carolina, and a high-capacity magazine.

Eneida Benitez, 46, and John E. Jones were charged with a series of weapons offenses after they were intercepted by police before they sold those handguns, Lt. Paul Cicero said.

Detectives learned the pair from Springlake, North Carolina, was trying to sell the firearms near Main and Nelson streets and located them with four Hi-Point handguns, one Taurus handgun and one illegal extended magazine, Cicero said. The couple also had a small amount of cocaine and detectives one of the guns was reported stolen.

An investigation into why the couple had traveled to Hartford is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police at 860-722-8477.

Benitez was charged with five counts each of carrying a pistol without a permit and having a weapon in a vehicle. She was held on $500,000 bond.

Jones was charged criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, having a weapon in a vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of narcotics. He was held on $300,000 bond.

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