Berkeley police recover firearm, drugs while patrolling for protests

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A team of Berkeley Police Department officers patrolling for potential protests stopped a black Ford about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday for vehicle code violations.

According to an alert from BPD, police allegedly detected a strong marijuana odor originating from the truck near the south side of UC Berkeley campus. Officers then proceeded to search the vehicle, finding alprazolam pills, promethazine codeine syrup, marijuana, more than $100 in cash and a loaded gun. Additional evidence was found after officers obtained a search warrant.

The car was driven by David Maginnis, with passengers Sidney Barnum and Silas Times.

All three were taken to Berkeley Jail. Times and Maginniss are facing charges of possession for sale and transportation of controlled substances. Barnum was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in public, carrying a concealed firearm and possession for sale and transportation of designated controlled substances.

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