On Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, at approximately 12:44 a.m., Officers Jacob Tracy and Michael Dixon conducted a vehicle and traffic stop in the 2300 block of Midland Avenue. The vehicle, a 2002 Toyota Camry, was being operated with illegal window tint.
During the course of the stop, the Officers became aware of the presence of marijuana inside the vehicle. The driver, Cristopher Ayala-Pizarro, 21, of Syracuse, and passengers, a 16-year-old juvenile, of Syracuse, and a 17-year-old juvenile of Syracuse were searched, along with the vehicle. The Officers located a loaded .40 caliber handgun with an extended 20 round capacity magazine, marijuana, and heroin secreted in the vehicle.
Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the 16-year-old juvenile was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. The 16-year-old juvenile was then transported for arraignment. The 17-year-old juvenile was found to have an active arrest warrant and was lodged at Hillbrook Detention Center. Ayala-Pizarro was unlicensed and was issued traffic citations and released.