COLONIE — Two Bennington, Vermont men were arrested on Tuesday, April 16, on drug and weapon charges after getting stopped for a traffic infraction on the Northway.
According to police, Colonie Sgt. John Santorio pulled over the Toyota Avalon near Exit 2E.
He spotted several boxes of ammunition inside the vehicle and discovered the driver, 28-year-old Robert Trites, had a suspended license.
A search of the vehicle found a Kahr .380 handgun, with six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, and a small amount of marijuana.
The handgun allegedly belonged to the passenger, 29-year-old Zachary Rowland, and the marijuana belonged to Trites.
The handgun was not reported stolen, said Lt. Robert Winn, and its origins are being traced with the assistance of the U.S. Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
Rowland is charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon, and Trites is charged with the misdemeanor of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle as well at the violation of unlawful possession of marijuana and the infraction of failing to stop at a stop sign.
They were sent to the Albany County jail pending arraignment.