Traffic stop turns to arrest for weapons violations

A routine traffic stop turned into an arrest for weapons violations Wednesday in Southwest Berkeley.

Berkeley Police Department officers pulled over a car that did not stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Harmon and King streets and “smelled a strong smell of burnt marijuana” coming from inside the vehicle, according to a crime blotter released by the Berkeley Police Department.

The driver of the car allegedly told the officers there was a gun in the car, and officers removed him and the passenger from the vehicle.

A search of the car revealed a .45 caliber, semi-automatic pistol in the backseat, as well as two loaded magazines next to the gun, according to the blotter.

Record checks revealed that the passenger was on parole for robbery, and that the gun had been stolen in a residential burglary in Oakland, according to the blotter.

Both the driver, an Oakland man, and the passenger, a Richmond man, were arrested for “multiple weapons violations in addition to a parole violation of the passenger,” and were booked at the Berkeley Jail.

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Soumya Karlamangla is the city news editor.