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Cabbie with Illegal, Loaded Gun to Fairfield Cop: 'I'm on the Phone'

Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.

Albrent Daniels (photo courtesy of the Fairfield Police Department)
Albrent Daniels (photo courtesy of the Fairfield Police Department)

Fairfield police arrested a taxi driver before dawn Monday on drug and weapons charges after stopping him for talking on a cellphone.

Albrent Daniels, 39, of 116 Seeley St., Bridgeport, was charged with weapons in a motor vehicle, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, altering a serial number on a firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was cited for operating a motor vehicle without a hands-free device.

At about 1 a.m., Officer Mike Paris saw Daniels driving a Yellow Taxi Cab north on Chambers Street at Johnson Drive and talking into a cellphone that he held to his ear, according to a police report.

When confronted by Paris and asked what he was doing, Daniels said, “I’m on the phone,” according to police, then drove onto Interstate 95 north. Paris stopped him on the highway and found a fully loaded 9-mm handgun under the driver’s seat, with 11 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, as well as a grinder with marijuana, police said.

After taking Daniels to headquarters for processing, “Officers found numerous discrepancies in his acount of when and how he purchased the gun,” police said.

Police say Daniels is a convicted felon.

Daniels was released on $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear Dec. 30 in state Superior Court.

Philip December 17, 2013 at 07:26 AM
" I'm on the phone, " is a line right out of the Pee Wee Herman play book ( Pee Wee's Big Adventure ).
Carlos December 17, 2013 at 08:07 AM
re: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions. We are all innocent until proven guilty. Inform the public by printing convictions. But why print the name and photo of an innocent person who has neither confessed nor been found guilty?
John Jameson December 17, 2013 at 08:58 AM
So, you don't want to know anything about any arrests in town? Interesting. Mr. Daniels is a convicted felon, he supplied the gun that was used to execute two murder witnesses ---one of whom was an 8-year-old child. I'd rather know that the cops have taken steps to get him off the streets, since he was found with a gun in the cab he was driving. Read up about Mr. Daniels before you comment.
mark December 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Fairfield police did a great job taking this guy in. I think M Swist might be a Lawyer.
Jason Silver December 17, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Just goes to show you gun laws only affect the good guys. 11 rounds in his mag. Ct law allows 10. I guess criminals dont follow the law.
Igor December 17, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Now I have a question. Since all the debates on gun control, the purchase of guns have gone up. The premise being that people are buying these guns for protection or at least a deterrent to crime. Why am I reading and/or hearing about all the recent shootings at hospitals ( they have armed guards) and more schools. Doesn't seem to be working out the way people would like you to think it would.
Jason Silver December 17, 2013 at 08:43 PM
The people committing the crimes get their guns illegally. There is a distinction between lawful gun owners and criminal gun owners. Under Guiliani, NYC crime dropped because they went after petty crimes, like jumping subway turnstables, and gave three year minimums to those caught with illegally aquired fire arms.
Jason Silver December 17, 2013 at 08:44 PM
"Why am I reading and/or hearing about all the recent shootings at hospitals ( they have armed guards) and more schools." Perhaps the media has you in a trance, since they seem to be fixated with guns.
Jason Silver December 17, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I drive a car. I bought it from a dealer. I use it to drive my kids around, get to work, run errands. The guy down the street stole his car from a parking lot. He uses it to rob houses and stores. Are we the same? No.
Igor December 17, 2013 at 09:13 PM
The point I'm trying to make is. Increasing the number of the sale of guns is not causing a decrease in random shootings like a lot of people said it would. The media didn't make up all the recent shootings at schools and hospitals. I'm not saying people shouldn't own guns, they want them then they should legally have them. I'm equating having guns to smoking weed. You want to smoke weed fine, just don't tell me everyone smoking weed is sick. The same you want a gun, buy a gun but don't tell me it's to reduce crime. In other words don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.
brian kelly December 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM
all of the taxi drivers in the town of fairfield are very scary people. i find hitchhiking safer...
rottyfan December 18, 2013 at 08:15 AM
I've never heard anyone say they purchased a gun a so they can reduce crime -- that's what joining the police dept. is for. Everyone that I know that owns a firearm for personal protection owns it for that reason: to have a tool that gives them a fighting chance to survive a life threatening situation.
Igor December 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM
okay rottyfan. By reducing crime, I mean as a deterrent. People less likely to break into your house if you have a gun.. So why are we still having the random shootings. If there has been such an upswing in firearm sales than you would think it would have gone down. Instead they are going up. I do believe people should legally own firearms. Let's ponder this. If 1000 guns are sold. Out of that 1000 guns 2% are lost,stolen,misplaced, or lent out (all these figures are made up just to make a point) it means there are 20 loose guns out on the streets unaccountable for. These 20 are the ones I'm concerned with not the one people legally have. Now if you want a gun for protection, that's good. I'm just tired of all the BS excuses. 2nd amendment, form a militia, arm the teachers, Take you gun to the movies day etc etc.
rottyfan December 18, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Igor, your reasoning is too simplistic and flawed. What "random shootings" are you talking about? Are you only taking into account instances of random shootings where the victims were armed with firearms? What was the increase and your source of those stats? No one said lawful gun ownership would eliminate crime and I'm willing to bet the victims of the crimes you're describing were unarmed. But I do see your attempt in trying to prove that firearm ownership is ineffective against crime. If the government decided to place restrictions on free speech, would you say that the people defending their right to free speech were making BS excuses? 1st amendment, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, etc., etc.
Jason Silver December 18, 2013 at 08:43 PM
The gun grabbers just dont get it. Chicago...Strict gun laws yet double the shooting homicides of Houston. Mass shootings are 1% of all gun deaths. The media focus gives you the illusion that it happens everyday. It sucks that a mass shooting happens at all, but way more kids are dying in Chicago everyday from guns. Owned by drug dealers and gan bangers. They don't follow your gun control laws. Thats what people just cant seem to grasp. CT law only allows me to carry 10 rounds. But the guy going on the home invasion, bank robbery, shooting spree, whatever, has way more than 10.
Jason Silver December 18, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Just remember this....An armed and informed population is the greatest threat to tyranny.
Reality Check December 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM
also the greatest threat to law and order ! .An armed and informed population is the greatest threat to tyranny. When is the last time that worked out, Cuba?
Igor December 19, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Basically what I'm saying is nothing has changed. Increase in gun control hasn't changed anything. Increased purchasing firearms hasn't changed anything. The only way anything is going to change is make the person who owns the firearms responsible. People who misplace, don't lock up, leave in cars and open garages, let their kids have access should be penalized if there is damage.
Jason Silver December 20, 2013 at 09:34 AM
Correct that Gun Control does not work. Gun Free Zones are a major problem. Would you put a "Gun Free Home" sign on your front lawn? Doubt it. The majority of mass shootings happen in Gun Free Zones. The answer is to give people the ability to defend themselves. That is a deterrent to a mass shooter. More Gun Laws is not the answer, as criminals do not follow the laws.
Igor December 20, 2013 at 04:15 PM
The problem I see with that is the more guns that are out there the more guns get stolen and/or lost. Their the ones I'm afraid of.
Sandra December 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM
I think we should be worried about all the guns the government is buying up because if anyone can lose a gun it is the Attorney General Eric Holder.

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