Hells Angel busted after cops find handgun, cocaine in his car in West Village

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Cops busted a Hells Angel after finding a handgun, cocaine and $3,000 cash in his car during a traffic stop in the West Village, police sources said Friday.

Police pulled over Michael Avalone, 37, of Ossining, N.Y., after they spotted him driving recklessly in a 2008 Cadillac DTS at W. 14th St. and 6th Ave. around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, cops said.

After discovering Avalone had three active warrants, the officers placed him under arrest, officials said. During the arrest, Avalone told officers there was a gun on the front passenger seat of his car.

The officers took Avalone and his Cadillac back to the 6th Precinct, and obtained a search warrant for the car, according to a police source.

Inside they found two vials of cocaine, $3,000 in cash, a fake New York transit authority placard and a loaded .380-caliber Luger pistol with an extra magazine, according to a police source.

Authorities charged Avalone with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving, cops said.

According to the police source, Avalone is also under investigation by the FBI for his affiliation with the Hells Angels.

He has several prior arrests, including one in Westchester in 2007 for drugs and weapons possession, for which he served two years in prison, officials said.

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