Priors include handgun violations, assault with knife

SOUTHBRIDGE — Police made three drug-related arrests on Tuesday night, and one of those taken into custody is no stranger to law enforcement.

On Tuesday night, police arrested 21-year-old David Guzman, of 46 Glenwood Avenue, after an alleged drug deal and surveillance for an ongoing investigation. Mr. Guzman was charged with distribution of Class B crack cocaine (subsequent offense), distribution of class B Suboxone (subsequent offense), trafficking in crack cocaine 36-100 grams, possession with intent to distribute Class D marijuana (subsequent offense), possession of Class B Oxycodone, conspiracy to violate the drug law and possession with intent to distribute Class B Suboxone.

The charges are not the first for Mr. Guzman.

On October 5, 2015, Mr. Guzman was charged with being in possession of a firearm without a license to carry, being in possession of ammunition without a license to carry and with numerous motor vehicle violations, and held on a $10,040 cash bail. That arrest was the result of a police officer observing a motor vehicle operating erratically in the area of St. George’s Cemetery on Paige Hill Road in Southbridge, according to a contemporary police report. Police pulled the vehicle over and determined it matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with several breaks into motor vehicles that occurred earlier in the day in Southbridge and Sturbridge. Police reported that as they asked the driver, identified as Mr. Guzman, to exit the vehicle, a .22 caliber handgun was observed in his front waistband. As he stepped from the vehicle, police asserted Mr. Guzman placed his hand on the butt of the firearm and a brief struggle ensued before he was placed into custody. According to police at the time, it was later determined that the handgun in Mr. Guzman’s possession was loaded with six live rounds of ammunition with one round in the firing chamber. The hammer of the gun was also in the firing position ready to be fired, police reported.

In December 2015, Guzman was again arrested by local law enforcement, this time as a result of an alleged hoverboard robbery. Guzman and 19-year-old Hiram D. Rosario were charged with committing an armed assault (by knifepoint) with intent to rob. In that crime, the victim reported to authorities that he had been riding his hoverboard on Hamilton Street in Southbridge when Mr. Guzman and Mr. Rosario approached from behind to demand the hoverboard.

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