A routine traffic stop landed a driver in jail when a search of the car turned up Ecstasy and a stolen gun.
A Berkeley patrol officer stopped a Pontiac at San Pablo and Channing Way at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. Three men were inside including the 27-year-old driver, and a records check revealed he was on probation for a gun violation.
During a probation search of the driver, the officer and his cover officers found a loaded, concealed .38 special revolver in the driver’s waistband, which they confirmed had been stolen in Tuolumne County.
An officer also found an unspecified amount of Ecstasy in the driver’s waistband. He was arrested for possession of a concealed and loaded firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm in violation of the terms of probation, possession of Ecstasy and a probation violation. The man, whom police have not identified, was booked in County Jail at the Berkeley Police station.