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Police: Rifle found under steering wheel during traffic stop in Delray Beach

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 04:42:38-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — A traffic stop led to an unexpected discovery for a Delray Beach police officer over the weekend.

The DBPD said 22-year-old Jacobi Baker was pulled over around 1:40 a.m. Sunday for running a stop sign at SW 15th Terrace and SW 6th St.

Police said as an officer approached Baker's vehicle, he spotted a black and tan American tactical rifle on the floorboard underneath Baker's steering wheel. The semi-automatic weapon was loaded, according to police.

Because it's illegal to openly carry a firearm in Florida, Baker broke the law by having the rifle in plain view.

Baker was arrested on charges of carrying an unlicensed firearm and carrying a prohibited weapon.