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Dorchester man charged with carrying an unlicensed gun

A photo of the unlicensed gun.

Courtesy of BPDNEWS

A photo of the unlicensed gun.

A Dorchester man is facing charges that he was carrying an unlicensed gun with more than 40 rounds of ammunition after police allegedly found them concealed in his waistband Saturday night, officials said.

Aaron Almeida, 20, is to be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, Boston police said today in a statement.

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Officers patrolling the area of Bowdoin and Hancock streets in Dorchester noticed a car without required registration sticker on its rear license plate at 6:27 p.m. Saturday. The blue Suzuki was stopped on the corner, where police recognized the three occupants as people they had dealt with on previous occassions, officials said.

While discussing the missing registration sticker with the driver, police noticed Almeida, who was sitting in the back seat, appeared to be “excessively or extremely nervous,” and was breathing heavily and moving in a “fidgety” manner, the statement said.

Based on that behavior, the three occupants were asked to exit the vehicle. As officers removed Almeida from the back of the car, they allegedly felt a hard object believed to be a gun in his waistband. He was arrested when a susequent search revealed a loaded firearm containing 44 live rounds of ammunition, eight of which were hollow-point bullets, officials said.

The driver was also issued a citation for driving with an open container of alcohol, not displaying a registration sticker, and for having excessive tint on his car windows, police said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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