The Utica Police Department is continuing to make progress in the battle against gun violence in the city.

Officials say at around 6:30 p.m. Friday members of the GIVE unit witnessed a black Chevy Tahoe commit a traffic violation, prompting a traffic stop.

After officers pulled the vehicle over, cause was established to search the vehicle and its occupants.

During the course of the search, officials say officers discovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun inside a drop-down cup holder in between the rear passenger seats.

Officials say both the driver and passenger were brought in for questioning, but ultimately the driver, 30-year-old Louquan Walker, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Possession of a Firearm.

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