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11-18-2015, 07:28 AM

A traffic stop got this armor-piercing gun off the streets
By Daniel Prendergast, Shawn Cohen and Emily Saul
November 18, 2015 | 2:33am


Two NYPD cops pulled over a car for a busted taillight in Brooklyn — and ended up finding a gun with armor-piercing bullets and a laser sight, police said on Tuesday.

Officers Joseph McEvoy and Henry Rivera were patrolling Brownsville when they stopped a purple Cadillac at 1:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Thatford and Lott avenues in Brownsville.

When the cops looked inside, they saw that passenger Eric Allen, 36, was wearing a knife on his belt, police said.

The officers then asked the two men to step out of the vehicle, at which point they found a Taurus 9mm handgun with a laser sight on driver Kijana Powell, 38, police said.

The powerful semiautomatic pistol was loaded with illegal armor-piercing — a k a “cop killer” bullets, they said.

The officers also discovered several bags of marijuana in the car and in Allen’s pocket, police said.

Allen and Powell were arrested immediately and were araigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Friday. Bail was set at $10,000 for each.

Law-enforcement sources said the latest bust to lead to the confiscation of a gun demonstrates the importance of broken-windows policing and quality-of-life busts.

“This all plays into the broken-windows theory. Here at a time we’re releasing people that have warrants on them, and no longer paying attention to marijuana, we have excellent police work by two officers that recovered an illegal firearm,” NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins told the Post.

“This demonstrates the need for low-level enforcement and proves all the spineless politicians to be wrong. This is the type of attention we hope would capture terrorists before they act,” Mullins said.

Both men have been charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Powell was also charged with driving with a suspended license, and having illegally tinted windows, while Allen was hit with the charge of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Powell has seven prior arrests, including a bust in 2008 for carrying a loaded gun, and an arrest in 2002 for possession of marijuana. Allen was collared in 1996 for stealing a car.