UTICA, N.Y. – Utica police arrested a 22-year-old man after finding a gun in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Monday, Aug. 30.
Deputies from Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, who were on gun violence prevention patrol, stopped the vehicle on Elizabeth Street near John Street around 11:40 p.m.
Officers from Utica’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) and crime prevention units also went to the scene to assist.
According to Utica police, the driver of the vehicle kept trying to hide a bag under his seat, so officers asked him to step outside. While investigating, the officers found a loaded .380 Ruger handgun in the bag.
The officers brought the driver, Mondre Dyer, and two other people who were inside the vehicle to the police department for questioning.
Dyer, who police found out was driving with a suspended license, was the only one charged following the investigation. He was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.
Dyer was remanded to the Oneida County jail on Tuesday, Aug. 31.