Two guns recovered during Iowa City traffic stop

Anthony L. Hughes
Anthony L. Hughes

IOWA CITY — Two guns were recovered during a traffic stop over the weekend.

Police pulled over a Jeep Wrangler in the area of Wayne Avenue and Arthur Street at 7:06 p.m. Sunday for driving with expired registration, according to an Iowa City police criminal complaint.

When the officer spoke with the occupants, he heard a “loud metal object” hit the floor of the Wrangler and saw occupants shuffling around. This prompted police to search the vehicle.

Police said Anthony L. Hughes Jr., 18, of Iowa City, was wearing a fanny pack that contained “many” .40-caliber ammunition rounds.

Inside a backpack found with another passenger were a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, which matched the ammunition in the fanny pack, and a .22-caliber Magnum revolver.

Police determined the revolver had been stolen.

Other passengers in the vehicle said Hughes and an unnamed co-defendant possessed the guns originally. Hughes told police he handled the guns earlier in the day, but had not seen them that night.

Hughes faces charges of trafficking in stolen weapons, a Class D felony; and carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor. If convicted of both charges, he could spend up to seven years in prison.

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