Boston traffic stop leads to firearm recovery, arrest

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BOSTON — A late-night traffic stop in the Mattapan neighborhood resulted in the recovery of a firearm and the arrest of a Norwood man, Boston Police Department reported Tuesday.

At about 2:43 a.m. on July 2, officers from District B-3 were patrolling near Norfolk St. and Wildwood St. when they noticed a vehicle with a defective brake light.

The stop was initiated at 1257 Blue Hill Ave, where officers made contact with the driver, identified as 22-year-old Trayvon Ricks, and his passenger.

A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of a Tanfoglio .40 caliber handgun in a backpack inside the vehicle.

The gun was equipped with a large capacity magazine loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition.

Ricks was taken into custody and faces multiple charges, including Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm Without an FID Card, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration.

He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

In addition to the firearm-related charges, Ricks also received a Massachusetts Uniform Citation for the defective brake light and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration.

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