'Big Steve' Tracey arrested on drug charges after traffic stop
WTIC / New Haven County
Steven Tracey

By Bill Flood, WTIC

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTIC) -- New Haven Police say that on Friday, officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Woodward Avenue just before Main Street “to address a motor vehicle violation.”

Police said they identified the driver as Steven Tracey, whom wrestling fans may remember as “Dave Paradise,” when he spent several years as a pro wrestler for what was then the WWF. More recently, he has operated a bail bond company, and in November he ran for mayor of East Haven, with lawn signs advertising him as “Big Steve."

Police say the investigation proceeded beyond a simple traffic stop when they located over 200 oxycodone pills.

Tracey was arrested and charged with on traffic and drugs charges.

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