Police find gun, drugs, cash inside vehicle.
PHOENIXVILLE >> Police have charged a man after they say his car contained a loaded firearm, various drugs and nearly $40,000 in cash.
Officers were called to Gay Street and Nutt Road at around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday for a well-being check on a man who appeared to be asleep behind the wheel at the intersection, Phoenixville Police said in a statement Friday.
Upon arrival, police found a 2002 Cadillac DTS sedan at the intersection with a man inside.
Police identified the driver as Michael Lombardi, 34, of Phoenixville, who officers say appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally police say there was also evidence of drugs in the car.
Lombardi was taken into custody and the vehicle was towed from the scene and secured at the police station.
Police say while Lombardi was incarcerated in the holding cell, he damaged one of the cameras inside the cell.
Authorities later executed a search warrant on Lombardi’s vehicle which yielded a loaded 9mm handgun, cocaine, oxycodone pills, amphetamine salts, four cellphones, drug paraphernalia and a total of $39,931 in cash.
Lombardi, whom police say has several other drug convictions and is parole, has been charged with possession of firearms prohibited, carrying a loaded weapon, possession with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of an adulterated or misbranded controlled substance, driving under the influence, institutional vandalism and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection.
He was arraigned and remanded to Chester County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.