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Norcross traffic stop nabs man wanted in Conn. murder

NORCROSS -- Police say a routine traffic stop in Norcross Monday evening turned up a man wanted for murder in Connecticut who's now facing 18 additional charges locally.

Gwinnett County Police said that an officer stopped a vehicle on the 700 block of Chase Lane just before 7 p.m. Monday for an "observed equipment violation" before becoming suspicious that the passenger was concealing his true identity.

The officer then learned that a U.S. Marshal was in the same area searching for a murder suspect from New London, Conn., that matched the description of the passenger, later identified as 26-year-old Miguel Angel Vega.

Upon a search of the vehicle, the officer found a handgun within Vega's reach, police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly said.

During a subsequent search of the nearby residence of the driver, 23-year-old Talbert Hibbert of Lawrenceville, police say they found a whole lot more -- counterfeit currency, cocaine, marijuana and three more guns.

Vega was arrested and faces 18 charges: 11 counts of forgery, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and various weapon charges among them.

He is being held without bond based on his murder warrant in Connecticut.

Hibbert was also arrested and charged with the same forgery and drug-related counts, as well as obstruction and traffic violations.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in Gwinnett County Jail in lieu of $83,000 bond.

In an unrelated case, Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Wednesday that was wanted in Queens, N.Y., for trafficking weapons.

According to department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais, detectives from New York contacted them and said they believed that Isi Moise was staying at a home on Pepperwood Trail in Norcross.

He was, and is now being held at Gwinnett County Jail awaiting extradition.

Moise was reportedly acquiring weapons in Georgia, including fully automatic machine guns, and selling them in New York, Bourbonnais said.