At approximately 7:20 p.m. on Saturday a Trooper assigned to the Troop A Community Action Team was patrolling Union Street in Lawrence when he observed a white Infiniti sedan make an illegal lane change and turn on to Essex Street. The Trooper activated his cruiser’s blue lights and stropped the vehicle.
Upon the Infiniti coming to a full stop the Trooper approached it and informed the operator why he was stopped. While walking up to the vehicle the Trooper observed the passenger, later identified as JEREMIAH VEGA, 18, of Lawrence, put his seatbelt on. The Trooper gathered the information for both occupants then returned to his cruiser to conduct an electronic inquiry. During the investigation on scene Troopers suspected VEGA was providing a false name and date of birth. VEGA was removed from the vehicle for further questioning. A pat-frisk of his person was conducted at which point Troopers located a Glock 19 pistol loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition. VEGA eventually provided his true identity, it was confirmed he does not possess a license to carry firearms. Troopers also observed the serial number on the firearm to be defaced.
VEGA was placed under arrest and escorted to the rear of a cruiser. He was booked then transported to the Andover Barracks where a bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $100,000. VEGA was scheduled for arraignment at Lawrence District Court on the following charges:
- Possession of a Firearm;
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm;
- Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device; and
- Possession of a Firearm with Defaced Serial Number.