Loaded BB gun

Police found marijuana and a loaded BB handgun inside a car they stopped on March 11. Around 11 p.m., police stopped a 2008 Subaru Outback on Route 7 near Cricket Lane because one of its headlamps wasn’t lit.

When prompted for his license, the car’s driver presented an adult learner’s permit. No licensed driver was in the vehicle, police said.

While speaking with the driver, the investigating officer smelled marijuana. Searching the car, he found a small amount of suspected marijuana in a compartment over the radio and another small amount in the center console.

Also found was a loaded BB handgun under the passenger seat. Police said a teenage passenger admitted to putting it inside the car.

The teenager also gave a fake name and date of birth, according to police.

The driver was issued an infraction for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and failure to drive with headlamps lit.

The teen was referred to juvenile court on the charges of weapon in a motor vehicle and interfering with an officer.

According to police, if the BB handgun had been unloaded and stored in the trunk of the car, it would have been lawful.