Berkeley Police Department seizes assault rifle during traffic stop

Google maps screenshot of a marker on San Pablo Ave & Virginia St
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While conducting a traffic stop Wednesday, Berkeley Police Department found an assault rifle. The traffice stop took place at 11:20 p.m. in the area of San Pablo Avenue and Virginia Street.

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On Wednesday, Berkeley Police Department arrested a 28-year-old Oakland man on suspicion of carrying a loaded, concealed firearm, in addition to multiple weapons violations.

At 11:20 p.m. in the area of San Pablo Avenue and Virginia Street, an officer noticed a car driving with its headlights off, according to a BPD Nixle alert. Upon contacting the driver, BPD noticed the smell of marijuana smoke coming from within the vehicle.

After searching the car, BPD found a loaded assault rifle equipped with a high-capacity magazine in the backseat, according to the alert.

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Maxine Mouly is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @moulymaxine.