BAYONNE, NJ - A routine traffic stop turned more dangerous Monday when the occupants of the pulled over vehicle were found to be in possession of a loaded .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun.

According to Lt. Eric Amato, the incident took place at approximately 6:10 p.m. when the Chevy hatchback was stopped in the area of 44th Street and Broadway. The report states that as Officer M. May approached the vehicle he observed the three male occupants passing an unknown item between them.

As police began to conduct their search a large spring similar to that found in a gun was recovered. Moments later, after a request by the driver, identified as Dajon M. Jacobs, 19, Columbus, Ohio, who had been removed, to sit was granted, one of the responding officers reported seeing the suspect attempt to toss an item behind his back into a vestibule of a nearby building.

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Police immediately recovered the item, a recoil spring assembly commonly found in Glock model handguns. A further search is said to have led to the discovery a brush used to clean guns, and finally the weapon itself, loaded with 19 bullets, 14 of them hollow point. An additional bullet was also recovered.

All three men, including Jacobs, as well as Dante Stokes and Rayvon Mitchell, both 18 and from Jersey City, were arrested at the scene and transported to the Hudson County Jail.

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