Stop sign violation leads to gun seizure

A stop sign violation led to the recovery of a handgun Wednesday.

The suspect, Jaquan Smith, 23, acknowledged the gun was his and was charged with firearm offenses.

It started at 7:30 p.m. in the area of Barnum Avenue and William Street. Officers Donald Bensey and Ilidio Pereira observed a Chevy Impala run a stop sign and began following the vehicle. Right before they activated the overhead lights, the car pulled over and parked half way in the roadway. Both occupants got out and started to walk away from the car.

Police stopped and questioned both people and learned that the driver, Smith, did not have a valid driver’s license.

During the course of the investigation, officers found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and some marijuana in the center console of the car.

Smith was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and weapon in a motor vehicle. Bond was set at $50,000.

He also was given an infraction for the marijuana. His passenger was not charged. Police allowed her to retrieve a box of diapers from the car before it was towed.

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