On March 6, 2018, at approximately 9:54 p.m., Harrisburg Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle located on the 2500 block of North 7th Street. The vehicle had illegally tinted windows as well as a suspended registration due to insurance cancellation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as George Benjamin.
When Benjamin was asked to exit the vehicle, an officer observed a firearm protruding from Benjamin’s left rear pants pocket. He attempted to resist arrest, and in doing so, the firearm fell from his rear pants pocket. The recovered firearm was determined to be a black, fully-loaded Remington R51 9mm semi-automatic pistol. In addition to having one 9mm round loaded into the chamber, the firearm also had an additional six 9mm rounds inserted into the firearm's magazine.
A search of the vehicle revealed a very large quantity of crack and powder cocaine contained within five different plastic baggies with an estimated street value of $9,400. There was a knotted plastic baggie containing seven Oxycodone pills with a street value of $210. Benjamin was also in possession of two crack pipes, a pocket knife with cocaine residue on the blade, and a $355. Also inside the vehicle was an operational digital scale with cocaine residue and two large daggers.
Benjamin is currently being supervised by the Pennsylvania State Parole Board and on January 27, 2010, was convicted of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance which makes him a person not to possess a firearm. He is being charge one count each of Possession of Firearm Prohibited; Firearms Not to Be Carried W/O License; Possess Prohibitive Offensive Weapons; Resist Arrest; Operate Vehicle W/Unsafe Equipment; Operate Vehicle W/O Required Financial Responsibility; (3) counts of Possession With Intent to Deliver; and (4) counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.