A 19-year-old man was arrested by Redwood City police after his vehicle was searched for a minor infraction and a "phantom" firearm was found, as it had no registration.
Thus, Juan Garrido Aguilar was arrested for possession of the loaded 9MM weapon found in his pants pocket, authorities said.
The stop and search of the vehicle was conducted at the intersection of Broadway and Chestnut Streets, the Police Department said in a statement.
Garrido Aguilar was booked into San Mateo County Jail on charges of carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm.
The Redwood City Police Department noted that the arrest comes as part of an effort to keep dangerous firearms off the streets. "Our officers work tirelessly to keep Redwood City safe!".
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