Massachusetts State Police

On Sunday, August 5th at 1:30AM, Massachusetts State Police arrested a Worcester man on Route 84 in Sturbridge after a motor vehicle stop.

Troopers pulled over a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Route 84 eastbound for motor vehicle infractions.  Further investigation revealed that the operator, 23 year old Miguel Portela of Worcester, was unlicensed to operate a motor vehicle and he was placed under arrest.

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 carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device, possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammo without an FID card, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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