K9 Kai is being credited with helping police take more illegal drugs off the streets of Crescent City.

According to Police Chief Ivan Minsal, officers stopped a car about 2 .m. Sunday for a traffic violation in the area of 4th and G streets. The K9 Unit was brought to the scene and Officer K9 Kai sniffed and alerted on the car.

A search was conducted and a loaded semi-automatic handgun was found in the passenger side of the car, according to Minsal. The driver, John Albert Angelino, 40, was arrested on several warrants from Santa Clara County, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

A female passenger, Raven Sanderson, 23, of Crescent City, was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of paraphernalia and providing false identification to police, according to Minsal.

Minsal said a third passenger in the car was questioned and released.

According to police reports, the controlled substances were said to be small amounts of suspected heroin and meth found inside the paraphernalia.

K9 Kai has played a major role in taking 4 ounces of heroin off the streets in two separate searches of vehicles in October and November.