Revere man arrested with arsenal of firearms, fentanyl

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REVERE — In a major crackdown on illegal weapons and narcotics, the Revere Police Narcotic and Gang Unit in collaboration with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant that led to the discovery of a substantial cache of firearms and drugs in a Revere home.

Authorities seized 18 rifles, 11 handguns, one large capacity feeding device, and over 3,000 rounds of ammunition from the residence of 58-year-old Darrow DiBattista.

In addition to the weapons, officers found 34 grams of the deadly narcotic fentanyl.

DiBattista is facing numerous charges, including Trafficking in Fentanyl, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, 29 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Improper Storage of Firearms.

Chief David J. Callahan of the Revere Police Department emphasized the severity of the situation, stating, “The combination of narcotics and guns can create a lethal and volatile mix which can increase the risk to our community.

He was clearly a threat to the safety of the public.” Callahan vowed that the department will persist in its efforts to eradicate such threats from the community.

The Revere Police Patrol Division provided additional support in the investigation and the arrest of DiBattista.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at Chelsea District Court on charges related to the confiscated firearms and drugs.

The successful operation underscores ongoing efforts to combat illegal firearms and drug distribution in the region.

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