Shrewsbury police make multiple unlicensed firearm arrests

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Shrewsbury police make multiple unlicensed firearm arrests
Xavier Rodriguez was charged for possession of this .40 caliber, Glock 22 handgun. (Photo/Shrewsbury Police Department)

SHREWSBURY – Three separate traffic stops over the weekend led to charges of people carrying firearms without a license.

On Saturday at about 2:37 a.m Shrewsbury police pulled over a vehicle on Rt. 20 in front of Shell. The driver, Xavier Rodriguez, 30, of Ashland, reportedly had a suspended driver’s license.

In a press release, Shrewsbury officers said Rodriguez allegedly reached under his seat, where there was a fanny pack.

After Rodriguez was asked to step from the vehicle, officers allegedly found a .40 caliber, Glock 22 handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition in the bag. Officers said that Rodriguez did not have a license to carry a firearm.

Rodriguez was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, possession of large capacity firearm and carrying a loaded firearm without a license. 

Shrewsbury police make multiple unlicensed firearm arrests
Gustavo Soaresruela was charged for possession of this 9mm Polymer 80. (Photo/Shrewsbury Police Department)

In a second incident on Sunday at about 4:30 a.m, Shrewsbury police pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 140.

Shrewsbury police said a passenger – Gustavo Soaresruela, 20, of Lawrence – was found in possession of a 9mm Polymer 80 that was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition. 

Officers then allegedly found six additional rounds of ammunition in Soaresruela’s pocket. 

Soaresruela was charged with possession of a large capacity firearm, carrying a loaded firearm without a license and the possession of ammunition without a license.

In the third incident, officers pulled a vehicle over at 866 Hartford Turnpike (Rt. 20) at about 8:41 p.m. on Sunday. 

Officers allegedly found 29 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, a pellet gun which resembled a real firearm and Class A and Class B substances. 

Victor Burgos, 40, of Worcester, was charged with possession of ammunition without a license; Moises Colon Rivera, 23, of Worcester, was charged with two counts of possession of a Class B substance; and Caty Velazquez, 31, of Worcester, was charged with possession of a Class A substance.

Shrewsbury police make multiple unlicensed firearm arrests
Police located this pellet gun during a traffic stop on Sunday. (Photo/Shrewsbury Police Department)

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