According to the Providence Journal, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade was arrested Thursday after Providence police said they caught him driving with a handgun.
Andrade told officers that he carried the gun because of his fame and wealth. But after officers ran a check, it was discovered that the unbeaten boxer did not have a permit to carry the confiscated Glock 19 pistol that an officer found in a Louis Vuitton bag inside Andrade’s Mercedes.
“There’s no excuse for carrying a gun without a permit,” said Providence Police detective Maj. David Lapatin. “Whether you claim you’re transporting large amounts of money, or your life is in danger, you can make your case to get a permit [to carry a concealed weapon]. But you cannot obtain a gun and carry it in the city of Providence without one.”
Officers came over to Andrade, when they found the boxer stopped in his Mercedes, blocking traffic, while talking to a friend in another Mercedes, according to police.
The officers claim that Andrade appeared nervous and kept glancing at a backpack on the floor of his Mercedes.
When an officer opened the backpack, he found a small Louis Vuitton bag inside that contained a gun and magazine with 10 rounds.
Andrade was charged with a felony, one count of possession of a firearm without a license. He was arraigned Thursday in District Court and released on bail.
Andrade (26-0 with 18 knockouts) captured the vacant WBO title back in October with a twelve round decision over Walter Kautondokwa.