A routine traffic stop for speeding in Somerville resulted in a significant recovery of guns.
Eight handguns were recovered during the traffic stop Sunday afternoon on Thurston Street, police said. Three men were arrested.
The incident started about 4 p.m. Sunday when Officer Robert Hickey noticed a BMW speeding along Medford Street. As the car increased its speed, Hickey pulled it over.
The driver, Sherwood Gustave, 37, of Mattapan, was immediately arrested for driving with a suspended license.
As Hickey waited for back-up, he noticed an empty pistol holster in the back seat.
Officers removed two passengers from the car and a search led to the recovery of the guns, including 40-caliber, high capacity Glock 23 and a .357-caliber Magnum. Six of the guns were fully loaded, police said. Police have also confirmed that two of the guns were stolen.
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"Getting eight guns off our streets makes our community a little safer," said Chief Thomas Pasquarello.
The passengers, Anthony Paulino, 18, of Somerville, and Gunter Vital, 47, of Cambridge were charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and other charges.
Gustave was also charged with the gun crimes as well as speeding.