PATERSON, N.J. - Two men were arrested Monday night on Madison Avenue after a traffic stop for running a stop sign found the trucks license plates were not on record and a semi-automatic pistol in the truck.

Paterson dectectives assigned to the Anti-Crime Unit were in the area of Market and Pennington Street when they observed a black Acura MDX run a stop sign. The detectives began to follow the vehicle and ran a records check of the plates. The detectives were advised that the plates were not on record and stopped the vehicle.

Upon approaching the vehicle detective Jose Torres observed a license plated at the feet of the passenger which he appeared to be hiding. Upon detectives asking the passenger to move, a semi-automatic handgun was observed between the passenger seat and center console.

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Both occupants were removed from the vehicle, detectives secured the firearm, and took both of the suspects in custody. A further check revealed the truck was reported stolen from Clifton. 

Police director Jerry Speziale said "The tireless effort's are indicative of the hard work displayed by the men and women of Paterson's finest in making a safer city."

Both suspects are currently at Passaic County Jail pending initial court proceedings.