UTICA – Two Utica men are facing charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of an illegally possessed handgun, according to the Utica Police Department.
Around 12:34 a.m. Wednesday, police were patrolling the Cornhill area of Utica when they saw a vehicle with an equipment violation driving in the 1500 block of Miller Street. Police say they stopped the vehicle, and during the traffic stop they developed probable cause to search the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, police say they found a fully loaded Highpoint 9mm semi-automatic handgun inside the passenger compartment. An investigation by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division found that the gun was illegally possessed.
Raheem Ford, 25, and Tyriek Berry, 24, are both charged with the felonies of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a firearm.
Police say Ford is considered a Top 10 GIVE offender, based on the department’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination program, and Berry is currently under supervision of New York State Parole.