WORCESTER – Early Sunday morning around 1:30 AM, a Massachusetts State Police [MSP] officer arrested a 23-year-old Worcester man on Route 84 in Sturbridge on gun charges after a motor vehicle stop.

According to the MSP, Trooper Gregory Gough pulled over Miguel Portela in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Route 84 eastbound for motor vehicle infractions. Further investigation revealed that Portela was unlicensed to operate a motor vehicle and he was placed under arrest.

With assistance from Trooper Kevin Hobart, an inventory of the vehicle prior to towing led to the discovery of a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun with a fully loaded, large capacity magazine.

Portela was transported to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge and charged with the following offenses:

1. Carrying a loaded firearm
2. Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device
3. Possession of a firearm without an FID card
4. Possession of ammo without an FID card
5. Improper storage of a large capacity firearm
6. Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
7. Non-transparent window
8. No inspection sticker
9. Equipment violation (brake light)

Portela was held on $10,000 bail pending his arraignment in Sturbridge District Court on Monday morning.

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