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Routine traffic stop nabs a murder suspect

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 United States Marshall was in the same area searching for a murder suspect from New London, Connecticut that matched the description of the passenger, later identified as 26-year-old Migual 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.