Officers Vaughan Ettienne, Ryan Galvin, and Mark Xylas, part of their precinct’s plainclothes Anti-Crime team, pulled the car over. Police said they smelled the odor of marijuana. When the driver couldn’t provide the proper paperwork, the cops said, they ordered the driver out of the car.

That’s when they noticed a large straight-edge knife resting on the floorboard, according to the NYPD. The officers cuffed the suspect and took him to the station. The knife was just the beginning: Inside the car, police said they later found a long, black machine gun with two high-capacity magazines, one of which was loaded.

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Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY Eric Adams as he received an endorsement earlier this month from FDNY-Uniformed Fire Officers Association in his campaign for mayor. This story is part of a joint reporting project from WNYC/Gothamist and THE CITY.

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