UTICA, N.Y. – Two men are facing multiple weapons charges following a traffic stop in Utica on July 25.
The Crime Prevention Unit stopped the vehicle on the 300 block of Arthur Street around 11:30 p.m.
After walking up to the vehicle and peering through the windows, officers noticed several duffel bags in the backseat. According to the officers, there were several knotted baggies and the grip of a handgun poking out from the side of one of the duffel bags.
The two men inside the vehicle were removed so the officers could continue investigating.
Police say the officers found a loaded pistol, a loaded 9mm handgun and suspected drugs while searching the bags. Police have not yet confirmed the substance found in the tied baggies.
The two men, 26-year-old Tremayne Bowens, of Utica, and 20-year-old Justice Polak, of Ilion, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.
Police say one of the handguns confiscated during the investigation was found to be stolen, and additional charges are expected.