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Bail bondsman, former East Haven mayoral candidate “Big Steve” Tracey arrested on drug charges

NEW HAVEN – “Big Steve” Tracey may be in big trouble. New Haven Police say that on Friday, officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersecti...
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NEW HAVEN – “Big Steve” Tracey may be in big trouble.

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:

  • Failure to give proper turn signal
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Illegally obtaining drugs

Tracey was released on a $25,000 bond and will appear in Superior Court in New Haven on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

His lawyer, Jack O’Donnell, said Saturday that he had no comment because he hasn’t yet seen the police report.