Colonie Police take 2 more illegal handguns off the street

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COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On September 26, Colonie Police stopped a vehicle in the Burger King parking lot on Loudon Road for numerous traffic infractions. Police say the driver of the vehicle Ra-Shon Lester, 21, Albany, was found to be driving while intoxicated and had a small amount of marijuana on him.

Ra-Shon Lester, 21, of Albany
Ra-Shon Lester, 21, of Albany is facing a DWI charge and multiple traffic infractions.

Officers say the passenger in Lester’s vehicle, Quishawn L. Pierson, 20, Schenectady, was found with an illegal handgun loaded with four rounds. The origin of the handgun is unknown and is still being investigated.

Quishawn Pierson, 20, of Schenectady
Quishawn Pierson, 20, of Schenectady id facing a weapons charge after police say they found him with an illegal loaded handgun.
pierson handgun
Colonie Police say they found this illegal handgun after a traffic stop.

In a separate incident, on September 27 officers responded to a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge on Central Ave. They say they found several people inside that appeared to be smoking or had just recently smoked marijuana.

Officers say while searching those in the car they found an illegal handgun loaded with nine rounds and a burnt marijuana cigarette on Xzavion Cooper, 20. They also say they found a small bag of marijuana on another occupant of the car Jorge Soto, 21.

Xzavion Cooper, 20
Xzavion Cooper, 20 is facing two weapons charges and a marijuana charge after police say they found him with an illegal handgun and marijuana.
cooper handgun
Police say this illegal handgun was found while investigating a suspicious vehicle on Sept. 27.

Charges:

Ra-Shon Lester

  • Driving While Intoxicated (misdemeanor)
  • Driving with a BAC > .08% (misdemeanor)
  • Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (violation)
  • Imprudent Speed (traffic infraction)
  • Failed to signal (traffic infraction)
  • Driving left in no-passing zone (traffic infraction)

Quishawn L. Pierson

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd (felony)

Xzavion Cooper

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd (felony)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (violation)

Jorge Soto

  • Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (violation)

Lester and Soto were released with appearance tickets.  Pierson and Cooper were arraigned in Colonie Justice Court and bail/bond was set, but both have bonded out.   No future court dates have been set.

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