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Police say loaded gun found during traffic stop

A 20-year-old Dorchester man allegedly had a gun under the seat of his car when Boston police pulled him over early Friday, and his weekend got off to a bad start when officers spotted the weapon and arrested him on firearm charges and a driving offense, authorities said.

In a statement, Boston police identified the suspect as Nilton Fernandez.

He was cruising through Dorchester around 1:50 a.m. when cops allegedly saw him run a red light at Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue, the statement said. Police pulled him over, and he spoke to them through the closed driver’s side window, according to the statement.

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“Mr. Fernandez did not open the window but instead opened the driver’s side door,” police said. “After further investigation it was revealed that Mr. Fernandez did not have a valid driver’s license and was placed under arrest.”

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He may not have had a license, but he did allegedly have a loaded handgun in the car.

“As Mr. Fernandez was exiting the motor vehicle, officers observed what appeared to be the handle of a firearm under the driver’s seat,” the statement said. “Officers recovered a loaded Lorcin 9mm with one round in the chamber and 8 rounds in the magazine.”

So Fernandez caught a few charges.

“Mr. Nilton Fernandez was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License,” the statement said.

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He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Dorchester Municipal Court.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.