SHREWSBURY – A Worcester man faces firearm-related charges following a traffic stop in Shrewsbury.
According to the statement of facts filed in Westborough District Court, Shrewsbury officers pulled over a vehicle near 420 Hartford Turnpike at about 11:11 a.m. Oct. 14.
While the officer was speaking to the driver Benjamin Russin, 33, the officer said Russin’s pupils were “extremely restricted.” Russin allegedly told the officer that he had smoked marijuana and drank two alcoholic “nips.”
After he stepped out of the car, police saw a fanny pack in front of the driver’s seat. Inside the fanny pack was a revolver-style firearm that was loaded with five rounds. According to the statement of facts, when the officer inspected the firearm, the serial number had been scratched off.
Russin was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a firearm without a license while it was loaded, defacing a firearm serial number and possession of ammunition without a FID card.
He was arraigned in Westborough District Court on Oct. 16 where he pleaded not guilty. Russin will return to court on Nov. 14.
An attorney representing Russin did not immediately respond to request for comment.