Large capacity weaponry, drugs seized in Sturbridge arrest

Oklahoma man taken into custody by State Police at I-84 rest area

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STURBRIDGE — An expired registration led to the discovery of large capacity weaponry and drugs in a rest area this week.

The Massachusetts State Police reports Justin G. Barron, 39, of Heavaner, Oklahoma, was arrested in a rest area on Interstate 84 on Monday morning with multiple guns, ammunition, and narcotics. A female accompanying Barron, who identity was not released, was released without any charges, according to State Police.

Trooper William Pothier was conducting a check of the rest area at approximately 7:42 a.m. on Monday when he spoke with the woman and Barron, both of whom were in a parked GMC Denali. The vehicle had an expired temporary registration, according to State Police, and is owned by Barron. After a brief investigation, State Police learned Barron “was found to be in illegal possession” of a .40 caliber Springfield XD pistol and a Smith & Wesson M&P rifle, each with ammunition. Also uncovered was a smoking pipe containing methamphetamine as well as other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. Barron is not licensed to carry firearms in Massachusetts, State Police affirmed.

Barron was charged with possession/carrying a firearm; sell/possession of an assault weapon; improper storage of a firearm; three counts of possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device; possession of ammunition without FID card; possession of Class B drug; and unregistered motor vehicle. He was transported to State Police barracks in Sturbridge and held on $15,040 bail, pending arraignment in Dudley District Court.


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