Worcester man arrested on gun, drug charges in Shrewsbury

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Worcester man arrested on gun, drug charges in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury police arrested three individuals on Thursday after finding a pistol and marijuana during a traffic stop on Route 9. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – The discovery of a loaded handgun and drugs in a backpack led to the arrest of a Worcester man.

According to Shrewsbury police, on Nov. 6 around 9:48 p.m., an officer was conducting speed enforcement on Boston Turnpike near the Worcester City Motel. 

The officer stopped a blue Honda Accord for driving 64 miles per hour in a 40 MPH zone, and observed multiple occupants inside the car. Police said the officer observed a back seat passenger repeatedly reach for a small backpack after continued requests to not touch it and to stop moving it around. 

Multiple other officers arrived for assistance. The officer asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle, at which point he grabbed the backpack again and got out of the car. 

Shrewsbury police reportedly located a loaded handgun inside the bag. The firearm was a Sig Sauer P938 subcompact firearm, loaded with three rounds of ammunition. 

Also inside the same bag, officers reportedly located 60 pills of oxycodone and five pills of amphetamine salts. 

Lucas Alves, 18, of Worcester, was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of a Class B substance and possession of a Class E substance.

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