New Bedford police seize weapons from level 2 sex offender

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NEW BEDFORD — A level 2 sex offender and convicted felon was arrested after a cache of weapons was discovered in his possession, authorities said this week.

Officer Brandon Duarte, a patrol officer serving the south-end sector of New Bedford, developed intelligence about a man holding firearms illegally.

The man, identified as 26-year-old Alexander Luis Reis of 11 Sagamore St., is currently on probation from Bristol County Superior Court.

Duarte, in collaboration with the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau detectives, finalized his investigation and executed a search warrant at Reis’ residence.

On Jan. 17, around 6 p.m., detectives pulled over Reis’ vehicle in the west end, finding him with a loaded 9MM handgun.

Upon searching his residence on Sagamore St., law enforcement officials found an AR-15 rifle and an assortment of ammunition, including 22 caliber rounds, 9 MM rounds, and 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Reis was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, as well as the illegal possession of a rifle and ammunition.

Officer Brandon Duarte led the investigation.

New Bedford Police encourage anyone with additional information to contribute anonymously through their website at newbedfordpd.com or by calling 508-99-CRIME.

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