Traffic freeze in Nassau County leads to knife and gun discovery, police say

A 19-year-old man faces charges after police said he was found in possession of a knife and a gun at a traffic stop on Long Island.

The Nassau County Police Department reported that Iyel Adams Banton, of Central Islip, was arrested for the incident that occurred around midnight on Sunday, November 28th in West Hempstead.

NCPD said officials saw a gray 2007 Toyota Camry head west on Hempstead Turnpike with no headlights.

The car was stopped in the parking lot at 458 Hempstead Turnpike, NCPD said.

During the traffic control, the officers saw a knife in the middle cup holder, the police said.

The NCPD said officials later discovered a 9mm pistol with no serial number on the back of the car.

Police also seized a bag of 30 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, authorities said.

Banton was arrested without further incident.

NCPD said Banton was charged with the following:

  • Second degree criminal weapon possession
  • Criminal possession of a firearm
  • Criminal gun possession of the fourth degree
  • A traffic violation

He was due to be charged on Sunday, November 28th.

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