Mass State Police Arrest 2 People With Loaded Handgun And Trafficking Fentanyl

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By Tiffany Williams –

On Tuesday night just after 9:35 p.m. Mass State Police responded to a two MVA on Route 24 Southbound in Taunton.

Trooper Paul Martin had arrived at the MVA first and confirmed that there were no injuries and then coordinated with other troopers to investigate.

One of the vehicles involved was a Nissan SUV and the operator had been identified as Savon Gonsalves, 20, of Fall River.

Troopers determined that the cause of the MVA was an unsafe lane change made by Gonsalves and while talking with troopers, Gonsalves was displaying signs of impairment and it was determined that he was impaired so he was placed under arrest.

Trooper Matthew Ditata talked with the passenger in the Nissan, who had been identified as Serene Silva, 19, of Brockton.

Trooper Ditata observed a firearm in a bag Silva had removed from the vehicle and she was detained. From the bag troopers recovered a loaded handgun.

Troopers also recovered multiple knotted plastic baggies containing a substance believed to be Fentanyl and $2,027 in cash.

After further investigation troopers discovered that Gonsalves had an active warrant for violating his terms of probation from prior narcotics and firearms charges.

Gonsalves was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to violate drug law, trafficking in fentanyl, possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of ammunition without FID card, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm and marked lanes violation.

Silva was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate drug law, trafficking in fentanyl, possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of ammunition without FID card, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm without a license and carrying a loaded firearm.

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