NORTH ADAMS — Two local men are facing charges after police discovered a gun and several ounces of marijuana in the vehicle in which they were traveling.

Tyler Matte, 24, of North Adams, and Stefan Gamache, 22, of Clarksburg, were arrested after a traffic stop about 4 p.m. Dec. 21 on Canal Street in North Adams, according to a statement released Thursday by Massachusetts State Police.

Trooper Jacob Eugin of the state police barracks in Cheshire conducted a random inquiry on the license plate of a Buick sedan, which indicated the owner had a suspended license. 

Matte, the owner, was driving the car, police said. Gamache, a passenger, was not carrying a license either.

While preparing to have the car towed away, Eugin spotted a .38 caliber revolver in plain sight when he asked the men to step out of the car, the report said. Officers searched the car and also found 7 ounces of marijuana.

Both men were charged with illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute, police said. Matte also faces a charge of driving with a suspended license.

They were held on $25,000 bail each.

Scott Stafford can be reached at or 413-629-4517.