CRANFORD, NJ - Five people were arrested when a stolen gun loaded with hollow-point ammunition was discovered inside a car that was pulled over for a seatbelt and brake lamp violation, according to Cranford Police.

On July 14, 2018 at 9:52 p.m., Patrolman Brian Trotter stopped the 2001 Mercedes Benz on Raritan Road near the intersection of Coleman Avenue. After an investigation on scene, Trotter located a loaded handgun in the rear passenger-side seat pocket of the vehicle, police said.

The firearm, loaded with hollow-point ammunition, was later discovered to be stolen from Georgia, police said. All five occupants were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Hollow-Point Ammunition and Receiving Stolen Property.

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The three adults: Abdul Simmons, 23, Irvington; Natez Winston, 20, Hillside; and Darrian Winston, 25, Hillside were all processed and remanded to the Union County Jail pending a Superior Court appearance date. The two juveniles in the vehicle were processed and released to their family.

"This was a dangerous situation and I'm proud of the way our officers conducted themselves," Chief Ryan Greco stated. "There's no doubt that we prevented a crime from occurring and we were successful in removing another firearm from the streets."