COLONIE — Police recovered two more illegal handguns, upping the total of illegal guns taken off the streets since Feb. 22 to five.
According to Lt. Robert Winn, on Friday, March 6 at around 4:24 p.m. Patrol Officer Ardit Potka stopped a 2014 BMW for routine traffic violations at the intersection of Central and Hudson avenues.
The driver, Joshua Guillaume, 19, of Albany, was found to have a loaded handgun in his waistband and he was arrested without incident.
The gun, a Taurus G2C 9 mm, had an illegal high capacity magazine with 11 rounds.
Also, during a search of the vehicle, police found a pound and a half of marijuana, concentrated cannabis and Xanax pills.
A day later, on March 7, at around 4:12 p.m., Patrol Officer Evan Alaxanian stopped a 1996 Honda for speeding at the intersection of Albany Street and Virginia Avenue.
The driver of the vehicle, Dewey Sims, 31, of Rensselaer, was found to have a handgun in his pants and he was arrested without incident.
The gun, a Raven, MP25, was loaded with eight rounds.
Sims is a previously convicted felon, said Winn.
The origins of both handguns is still under investigation.
Guillaume is charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a marijuana as well as the misdemeanor of criminal possession of a controlled substance and the infractions of operating a motor vehicle while using a portable device, failure to keep right and operating a motor vehicle with obstructed vision.
He was arraigned in Colonie Town Court and released to the supervision of probation.
Sims, a previously convicted felon, was charged with the felony of criminal possession of a weapon and was given a speeding ticket. He was arraigned in Colonie Town Court and remanded to the Albany County jail on $25,000 bail.
On Feb. 22, police arrested six people while on routine patrol of hotels and on Feb. 24, officers arrested two men and confiscated one illegal weapon at the Days Inn motel. On March 4, two men were arrested and one gun was confiscated