Man Charged with Assault Rifle in Car

September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 1:42 PM EDT

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Man Charged with Assault Rifle in Car

September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 1:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/NYSP) - State Police Buffalo patrols have arrested and charged Joseph Provorse, 27, of Buffalo with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd.

Provorse was stopped following a suspended plate 'hit' on a license plate reader car. The license plate reader car is a marked State Police car specially equipped to locate stolen vehicles and suspended or revoked registrations.

The defendant was found to also be operating on a suspended NY driver’s license. A search of the vehicle prior to tow revealed an assault rifle in the trunk of the car. The defendant was also found to possess a small amount of marijuana.

Provorse was arraigned Thursday morning.