Orchard Park Police Officers arrested a man for multiple charges during a traffic stop last Thursday, February 11th.

According to reporting by WIVB, authorities pulled over a vehicle for speeding on Southwestern Boulevard. The driver of the car, Jaylen Hawkins of Buffalo, only had a learner's permit and is alleged to have been driving 23 miles per hour over the area's speed limit.

During the arrest, officers found a loaded handgun in the pants pocket of the 20-year-old man. Officials also found an undisclosed amount of marijuana in the vehicle after he was taken into custody. While he was being detained, officials allege that Hawkins admitted the weapon was his and he did not have a permit for it.

Hawkins was arrested and charged with the criminal possession of a weapon, drug possession, and multiple traffic violations. He has a follow-up court hearing scheduled for later this month.

This sounds like another example of an illegal weapon that has made its way into Western New York. During the WBLK 'Put The Guns Down and Power Up' Town Hall a few months ago, we had a discussion on ways that could potentially reduce the number of illegal guns that come into New York.

Neal Dobbins, Founder of the Most Valuable Parents Buffalo, talked about one very specific thing that we could do to help limit the flow of these weapons into our cities and towns. You can listen to what he said here.

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