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Traffic stop leads to weapons charge against teenager

Daniel Maldonado, 19, was this past Saturday taken into custody on an unlawful possession of a firearm charge.

Sunnyside police at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening conducted a traffic stop for defective equipment. Four individuals were inside the vehicle being stopped, according to police, who note three of the subjects are documented gang members.

The driver, say police, was Jorge Galindo, 21. He was taken into custody on a requested charge of driving while license suspended third degree.

The vehicle was impounded as a result of the arrest.

When officers were taking inventory of the vehicle for impound, a loaded .38-caliber handgun was observed in the glove box, according to Sunnyside police.

A search warrant was obtained and the handgun was recovered.

Officers say the front passenger of the vehicle, Maldonado, told investigators the gun was his. Police say he said the gun was placed in the glove box prior to him meeting with the other gang members in Sunnyside.

Maldonado, say police, is a four-time convicted felon.

The Sunnyside Police Department is requesting he be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm first degree.

He also had an outstanding warrant issued by the Sunnyside Municipal Court, according to police.

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