New Bedford teen arrested with firearm and ammunition

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NEW BEDFORD — A 17-year-old has been arrested for carrying a firearm and ammunition after being stopped by detectives in the city’s south end on Saturday.

On Jan. 13, detectives from the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau were carrying out surveillance operations when Det. Sgt. Jarrod Gracia noticed a vehicle engaged in suspicious activity in a supermarket parking lot around 3 p.m.

The vehicle left the scene and was subsequently stopped by detectives at the intersection of Dartmouth St. and Fair St.

The car contained three individuals who provided conflicting accounts during questioning.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a Polymer 80 firearm seated in the back where the juvenile was located.

A high-capacity magazine and 16 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition were also found.

In Massachusetts, possession of magazines capable of holding over 10 rounds carries additional criminal charges.

The juvenile, whose name has not been released due to their age, faces charges including carrying a firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of a high-capacity feeding device.

Detective Jonathan Miranda was the arresting officer.

The New Bedford Police Department encourages anyone with information related to the case to come forward.

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