Troopers’ Car Stop for Hands-Free Violation Leads to Recovery of Firearm

At about 8:30 a.m., Trooper Ryan Boswell, a recent graduate of the 85th RTT, and his Field Training Officer who is assigned to the Troop D Community Action Team stopped a Jeep Compass with a Virginia Registration for a hands free violation. The motor vehicle stop occurred on Deane St. in New Bedford.

As Troopers approached the vehicle they observed the operator, JOUSEPH PACHECO, 20 of New Bedford, quickly close the glove box before removing the gloves on his hands and tossed them on the floor board.

PACHECO was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was asked to exit the Jeep. As a result of a search of the vehicle troopers located a loaded Jimenez .25 caliber handgun with two rounds of ammunition, two large clear bags of Marijuana, a digital scale and $267.00 in the glove box. PACHECO does not possess a license to carry.

PACHECO was placed under arrest and transported to State Police – Dartmouth where he was booked on the following charges:

1. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;

2. Possession / Carrying a Firearm;

3. Drug, Possess To Distribute Class D;

4. Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle;

5. Holding Electronic Device, Non Hands-Free;

6. Fail to Signal; and

7. Fail Wear To Wear Seat Belt.

PACHECO was transported to the Ash Street Jail where he will be held pending his arraignment Monday in New Bedford District Court.