Traffic stop leads to arrest on gun charges

A stolen gun was discovered during a traffic stop in North Charleston on Wednesday.

The traffic stop was initiated after a police officer noticed Ryan Bonneau driving on the wrong side of Florida Avenue. The officer had been patrolling the area in reference to a recent shooting and burglaries.

During the stop, the arresting officer noticed a box of gun ammunition in the seat behind the driver. He also saw a gun handle sticking out of a silver bag behind the center console according to the police report. The officer recovered a 9MM handgun from the bag as well as two pairs of white gloves.

The officer scanned the serial number on the weapon, and the firearm was reported as stolen. Bonneau reportedly said he was not aware that the gun was in the car, and that he had dropped someone off just before being stopped. Bonneau said that the ammunition did belong to him, and that he knew it was in the car.

Bonneau was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. He was arrested and transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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