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State police seize drugs, gun, cash during traffic stop in Lynn

LYNN — A 33-year-old Lynn man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police stopped his motorcycle on the Lynnway and found that he was driving without a license, and carrying a stolen firearm, illegal ammunition and a vast quantity of prescription medication, State Police said. 

Anderson Vasquez was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Class B drug possession, Class E drug possession, firearm possession, ammunition possession without a firearm identification card, carrying a loaded firearm, being an armed career criminal, receiving stolen property under $1,200 and motor vehicle equipment violation. 

Shortly after 1 a.m., a State Police trooper stopped a Suzuki GSXR on the Lynnway before Blossom Street for multiple equipment violations. After stopping the driver, identified as Vasquez, the trooper noticed he was acting strangely, prompting him to call for backup, state police said. 

During the stop, troopers discovered that Vasquez only had a learner's permit to operate a motorcycle, which would permit him to ride between dusk and dawn, and meant he was considered to be operating without a license, a criminal offense, state police said. 

Police called for a tow of the motorcycle, and during an inventory search, troopers found multiple, full boxes of firearm ammunition. When police learned Vasquez didn't have a license to carry, he was placed under arrest, state police said. 

During a patdown, troopers found Vasquez was carrying a stolen .22 caliber revolver in a fanny pack around his waist. Also found in the pack were numerous prescription medications that didn't belong to Vasquez and are considered controlled substances, police said. 

Police seized the gun, ammunition, drugs and some cash.

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