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Queens man charged after loaded gun found in car during traffic stop, police say

Derrick Nettles, 21, of St. Albans, Queens, was

Derrick Nettles, 21, of St. Albans, Queens, was arrested in Hempstead on Wednesday morning, July 15, 2015, and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead. Credit: NCPD

A Queens man was arrested during a traffic stop in Hempstead on Wednesday morning after Nassau police noticed a handgun inside his car.

Police said officers from the Bureau of Special Operations pulled over Derrick Nettles, 21, on northbound Bennett Avenue at 7:20 a.m. Nettles was asked to show his license, and as he opened the center console of his car to get out his paperwork, officers saw a silver handgun inside, police said.

Nettles was taken out of the car and placed into custody, police said. An unlicensed loaded 9-mm handgun was recovered by police from the center console.

Nettles, of 120-12 201st St. in St. Albans, is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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