A traffic stop resulted in gun charges when Fairview Heights Police stopped a car Monday night.
Rynaldo V. Cotton, 23, of Belleville, was stopped near Illinois 161 and St. Clair Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, according to a statement by the Fairview Heights Police Department. The officer noticed a long box in the backseat that contained what police said was an AK-47 rifle.
Cotton had a revoked firearm owner identification card, police said, and was taken into custody. The rifle had one round in the chamber and was ready to fire, police said; a full magazine was found in the center console.
Cotton was charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He remained in custody Wednesday afternoon in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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