Officer Chris Kiszka stopped the Dodge Ram with South Carolina plates for multiple violations on West Passaic Street last week, Capt. James DePreta said on Monday, Nov. 27.
The driver -- James Locklair, 24, of Neeces, SC -- "abruptly raised his hands and volunteered that he had a firearm in the vehicle" during the Nov. 21 stop, the captain said.
A loaded Taurus 9MM handgun was found tucked between the crease of the driver's seat and the middle bench seat, DePreta said.
It had a high-capacity magazine and contained a hollow-point bullet, he said.
Locklair, who didn't have a New Jersey carry permit, apparently was traveling for work, DePreta said. He also had several medications without prescriptions with him -- as well as an open warrant for illegally carrying firearms in Louisiana, the captain said.
Locklair was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of prohibited weapons, possession of hollow-nose bullets, possession of a large capacity magazine and illegal drug possession.
He remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending extradition by the Orleans Parish (LA) Sheriff's Office.
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