WARSAW — A convicted felon from Rochester was jailed after he was found with a loaded illegal handgun in a secret compartment in his car during a traffic stop, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies stopped a car on Route 20A for having a completely tinted front windshield.

Sgt. Colin Reagan said “a strong odor of burned marijuana” was smelled in the car and the driver and two passengers showed signs they were high.

The driver, Damonie S. Benjamin, 23, produced a fake ID and then was found to have a non-driver identification with 16 active suspensions.

A search of the car found a blunt and drug paraphernalia and a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson inside a hidden compartment within the dashboard.

The passengers were released from custody and the car was impounded.

Benjamin has a 2017 felony conviction and was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C violent felony punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.

He also was charged with criminal impersonation, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation and non-transparent windows.

He was arraigned and was committed to Wyoming County Jail with bail set at $20,000.

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