Berkeley police arrest 2 after traffic stop reveals loaded handgun, drugs

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A routine traffic enforcement stop performed by Berkeley Police Department officers Wednesday afternoon ended in two arrests after a search of the car yielded a weapon and multiple drugs, according to a Nixle alert released by BPD on Monday afternoon.

About 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, authorities conducted a traffic enforcement stop at Second Street and Hearst Avenue. Upon contacting the driver, BPD officers found that his license had been suspended. Authorities also believe the driver may have been impaired, according to the alert.

Upon searching the vehicle and its two occupants, officers discovered 5.67 grams, or about 56 doses, of cocaine, 0.31 grams of heroin and a loaded handgun.

BPD arrested the 57-year-old driver on suspicion of multiple drug and weapons violations, the alert said. The passenger, a 54-year-old woman, was arrested for an outstanding arrest warrant.

Amber Tang is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ambertang_dc.