Camden police arrested four men yesterday during a traffic stop after they found a loaded handgun in the car.
The stop took place on 5th and Pine Street after the officer noticed the car had allegedly committed a traffic violation. A subsequent search of the car resulted in the officer reportedly finding a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 special handgun. He then proceeded to arrest the driver and all three passengers who were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon among other charges. They are all being held in the Camden County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Unlawful possession of a weapon penalties vary depending on the type of weapon in question. In this case, the suspects were allegedly found with a handgun. In New Jersey, unlawful possession of a handgun is a third degree crime which can result in a State Prison sentence of 3 to 5 years. At least two of the suspects had prior records as well so they will almost certainly be facing jail time if found guilty.
For more information on this case, access the nj.com article entitled “Camden officer arrests 4 with a loaded gun in traffic stop.”