YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Fort Lee K9 officer drawn by the smell of burnt marijuana from a car he stopped at a local gas station turned up a loaded stolen handgun under the seat, authorities said.
Officer R. Hernandez caught the scent off a passenger as he approached the Nissan in the parking lot of the LukOil station on Fletcher Avenue just after midnight Saturday, Detective Capt. Stanley Zon said this morning.
Hernandez received consent to search the car and removed the passenger, Michael McCall, and two other occupants, Zon said.
While conducting his search with K9 Greener, Hernandez found a silver Ruger P94DC handgun with electrical tape on the grip under the seat, the captain said.
It was loaded with eight .40-caliber rounds in the magazine and none in the chamber, he said.
“A National Crime and Information Center check of the Ruger handgun serial number revealed that it had been reported stolen out of Accomack County Virginia in a burglary in 2007,” Zon said.
Hernandez contacted the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia and confirmed the report.
McCall, of Brooklyn, then admitted that he illegally bought the gun in Poughkeepsie, the captain said.
McCall, 27, was being held on $15,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with receiving stolen property and illegal weapons possession.
His companions were released on summonses for the same charges.
Zon identified them as Tejan Eldemire of the Bronx and Kaliahia Davis of New York, both 23.
Investigators, meanwhile, were trying to determine whether the gun was used in other crimes.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
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