A trio was arrested in Bayonne yesterday evening after police discovered a Glock hand gun and hollow point bullets as the result of a traffic stop, police said.
Dajon Jacobs, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, Dante Stokes, 18, and Rayvon Mitchell, 18, both of Jersey City, were all charged with possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited device (large capacity magazine) and possession of a prohibited device (hollow point bullets), according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.
Jacobs, Stokes, and Mitchell were all taken into custody at around 6:10 p.m. from the area of 44th Street and Broadway. Near the intersection, an officer conducted a motor vehicle stop of a Chevy hatchback occupied the three aforementioned males.
As the officer positioned his vehicle behind the Chevy, he observed the three occupants moving around inside the vehicle and passing an unknown item between each other. He then approached the driver’s side window and requested driving credentials and vehicle paperwork from the driver, Jacobs, officials said.
During the encounter, police detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. At this point, three officers arrived as backup and the officer who pulled the vehicle over proceeded to remove the occupants to investigate the odor of marijuana, beginning with Jacobs, authorities said.
Once Jacobs was removed, he proceeded to the passenger side and removed Mitchell from the front passenger seat. While removing Mitchell, a police detective observed and recovered a large spring, utilized in firearm magazines, in plain view lodged between the driver’s seat and the center console.
Stokes was then removed from the rear passenger compartment of the vehicle as the detective investigated the spring he had just recovered with Jacobs.
During the investigation with Jacobs, the suspect requested that he be permitted to sit down. As he sat down, authorities observed him toss an item behind his back into a vestibule of a nearby building.
The detective immediately recovered the item and determined it to be a recoil spring assembly commonly found in Glock model handguns.
A search of the vehicle led to the recovery a brush used to clean firearms from underneath the front passenger seat, an unloaded .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun and a high capacity magazine loaded with 19 bullets, 14 of which were hollow point bullets, from underneath the driver’s seat.
An additional .45 caliber bullet was also retrieved from the vehicle. After none of the occupants claimed responsibility for the weapons and devices recovered, all three were placed under arrest and charged, police said.
At this time, the firearm has not been reported stolen, authorities said.