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Rochester man arrested after police find altered gun in Friday traffic stop

The man was a passenger in a vehicle that ran through a red light, according to law enforcement. An altered .380 loaded handgun was found in the man's bag. The Olmsted County Attorney's Office declined to pursue charges.

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ROCHESTER — A 31-year-old Rochester man was arrested Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, during a traffic stop on the 800 block of Fifth Street Northwest, according to Rochester Police Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The Rochester Police Department made the stop after seeing a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox go through a red light at the intersection of Civic Center Drive Northwest and Sixth Avenue, according to Moilanen.

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Moilanen said officers saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle which lead to a search. Officers found a loaded .380 handgun in the bag the 31-year-old was wearing when the stop occurred. The gun had a serial number that had been altered and he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Charges related to the incident were recommended to the Olmsted County Attorney's Office who declined to pursue charges.

The driver of the vehicle, a 52-year-old Rochester man was ticketed for drug paraphernalia and driving related offenses.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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Charges related to the incident have been recommended to the Olmsted County Attorney's Office.