A traffic stop by a Massachusetts State Police Trooper on Rt. 146 in Worcester led to the arrest of two men on Tuesday, November 17.
The Trooper was travelling south on Rt. 146 and observed a gray Kia Optima with a revoked registration, leading to the traffic stop.
The Trooper soon discovered the driver of the vehicle, Amari Richardson, 30, of Worcester, had an active warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody.
The Trooper performed an inventory of the contents of the vehicle, prior to it being towed, and discovered a Glock P80 pistol fully loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition.
Richardson nor the passenger in the vehicle, Jason Batista, 39, of Worcester, has a license to carry firearms.
The Trooper also located a small amount of illegally possessed narcotics at the scene.
After being arrested, bail was set at $5,000 for Batista and $300 for Richardson. Richardson faces charges related to the outstanding warrant.
Batista faces charges of:
- Possession of a Class B Drug
- Possession of a Class E Drug
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon
Photo courtesy of Massachusetts State Police