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Police recover handgun, drugs, cash during traffic stop in Dorchester

The black Lorcin 380 semi-automatic firearm and six rounds of live ammunition recovered by Boston police.
The black Lorcin 380 semi-automatic firearm and six rounds of live ammunition recovered by Boston police.(Boston Police Department)

Boston police recovered a loaded handgun, drugs, and cash after seeing the gun sticking out of man’s coat pocket during a traffic stop in Dorchester Wednesday evening, police said.

Christopher Chavis, 32, of Dorchester was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession with intent to distribute Class D drugs.

Officers were on patrol in Dorchester at around 7 p.m. Wednesday and pulled Chavis over at the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Park Street, said Officer James Moccia, a police spokesman.

Officers asked Chavis to get out his car. When he did, they saw the handle of a firearm sticking out of his coat pocket, police said in a statement.

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Police placed Chavis in handcuffs and took the black Lorcin .380 semi-automatic handgun, which was loaded with six rounds, out of his pocket, police said.

Police later found 12 individual plastic bags containing a “green leafy substance believed to be marijuana” and an undisclosed amount of US currency in bills, on the floor of his car, police said.

Chavis was to be arraigned Thursday in Dorchester District Court.


Breanne Kovatch can be reached at breanne.kovatch@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @breannekovatch.