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Three Utica men face weapons charges after ghost gun found during traffic stop

Posted 2/9/22

UTICA - Three Utica men were taken into custody for weapons possession after a ghost gun was found during a traffic stop Monday night, according to the Utica Police Department. Police said Richard …

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Three Utica men face weapons charges after ghost gun found during traffic stop

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UTICA - Three Utica men were taken into custody for weapons possession after a ghost gun was found during a traffic stop Monday night, according to the Utica Police Department.

Police said Richard Gibbs, 25, was pulled over for a vehicle and traffic violation near Hart and Tracy streets at about 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Police said they saw an open alcoholic beverage and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, and it was learned that Gibbs did not possess a valid driver’s license.

Gibbs was questioned outside of the vehicle, and police said he started fighting with the officers. Gibbs was taken into custody and the two passengers — 30-year-old Ruben Adorno and 26-year-old Lawrence Napper — were also asked out of the vehicle.

A loaded, 9mm, self-made ghost gun was found in the vehicle, police stated.

Gibbs, Adorno and Napper are all charged with one count each of second and third-degree possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, police stated.

Gibbs is additionally charged with resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of a governmental administration, and both Gibbs and Adorno are charged with several vehicle and traffic violations, authorities stated.

All three men are scheduled to appear in Utica City Court, according to the law enforcement officials.

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