Unlicensed motorist arrested, fully loaded handgun recovered

📷 Massachusetts State Police uncovered this fully loaded Smith and Wesson handgun after arresting an unlicensed motorist.

Brake light violation leads to nine charges in arrest

STURBRIDGE — A Worcester man was arrested and charged with nine offenses after a routine motor vehicle stop uncovered a fully loaded handgun with a large capacity magazine.

Miguel Portela, 23, was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Route 84 eastbound when Massachusetts State Police Trooper Gregory Gough pulled him over around 1:30 a.m. for motor vehicle infractions. According to a Monday morning press release, Trooper Gough’s investigation revealed Portela was unlicensed to operate a motor vehicle, resulting in the Worcester resident’s arrest.

As Trooper Gough and Trooper Kevin Hobart took inventory of the vehicle prior to its being towed from the scene, police discovered a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun with a fully loaded, large capacity magazine. Officials said Portela does not have a Firearms Identification  (FID) Card.

Portela was taken to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge and charged with Carrying a loaded firearm, Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device, Possession of a firearm without an FID card, Possession of ammo without an FID card, Improper storage of a large capacity firearm, Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Non-transparent window, No inspection sticker, and an Equipment violation (brake light). Portela was held on $10,000 bail pending his arraignment in court on Monday morning.


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