Three New Bedford men were arrested Friday after an investigation conducted by the New Bedford Police Department gang unit.

Detectives encountered the men in a vehicle parked at Howard Avenue and Coggeshall Street. A loaded .45 caliber handgun (Hi-point) and ammunition were found in the vehicle.

The following arrests were made:

--William O’Neil, 18, of 37 Washburn St., Apt. 1, New Bedford, carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, carrying a loaded firearm, defacing the serial number on a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license.

--Jamareh Alphoso Allen, 21, of 277 Ashley Blvd. Apt. 2, New Bedford, unlawful possession of ammunition.

--Melvin Edyardo Pimental, 18, of 27 Hicks St. Apt. 1, New Bedford, unlawful possession of ammunition.

The arrests were made at 12:16 a.m.

--New Bedford Police