Two men from Lynn were charged with carrying an illegal loaded firearm during a traffic stop Saturday on Plain Street.SUN / ROBERT MILLSSun staff photos
Two men from Lynn were charged with carrying an illegal loaded firearm during a traffic stop Saturday on Plain Street. SUN / ROBERT MILLS

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LOWELL -- Two men from Lynn are facing a mandatory minimum of a year in jail after Lowell police charged them with illegally carrying a loaded firearm that was found under the seat of a car they were in during a traffic stop on Plain Street Saturday afternoon.

Officer Christopher Osborn stopped a car the two men were in on Plain Street, near Chelmsford Street, about 6 p.m., after the driver ran a red light, according to police.

Police say Osborn noticed the men making "furtive movements" toward the floor of the vehicle, and that he later discovered a loaded .25-caliber handgun under one of the front seats.

Steve Reth, 29, of 25 Waverly St., Unit 2, Lynn, and Kunnarith Sarm, 28, of 8 Neptune St., Lynn, were both charged with illegally carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.

Sarm, who was driving, was additionally cited for failure to stop at a red light.

Both men were held Saturday evening because a bail commissioner had not yet determined whether they will be bailed. They will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

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