LOWELL -- In response to the Wednesday night shootings in the Highlands, Lowell Police Department detectives from the Special Investigations Section teamed up with the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and patrolled in the city.
As a result of one of their motor vehicle stops in the Highlands Thursday night, the LPD confiscated three machetes, a club, one large hunting knife and one large capacity rifle with 60 rounds of ammunition. Arrested was: Travis Brown, of 19 Outlaw Ridge, Raymond, Maine. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a large-capacity firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card. He was held on $100,000 cash bail.
In Lowell District Court on Friday, it was revealed that Lowell Special Investigations detectives and the State Police Gang Unit arrested Brown at around 9 p.m. on Thursday after they watched Brown and passenger Erick Candelario, 25, of Lowell, standing outside a 2002 Honda CRV in the area of Chelmsford and Westford streets speaking to Jesse Edwards, a reputed gang member. Undercover police watched as the three men viewed something in the CRV's trunk, shook hands and drove off in separate cars.
Suspecting a possible drug transaction, investigators stopped the CRV Brown was driving a short distance away on a traffic violation. When officers approached the vehicle they saw a large knife in the center console next to a male passenger.
In plain view in the truck area police found a Mossberg. 22-caliber 142A rifle with a mounted scope. A Mossberg International 715T .22-caliber rifle and a 25-round magazine were found in an open box.
Police also found a paper bag containing four boxes of .22-caliber ammunition and three machetes in their sheaths.
Brown told police that he was unaware he needed a firearms identification card or license to carry, and that he planned on selling the rifles in Kittery, Maine, according to court documents.
A "billy club'' was located on the driver's side door. A 14-year-old passenger, also from Raymond, Maine, was charged after he was found with two knives, one in his waistband and the other on his belt.
Candelario was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm/ammunition.
Brown told police that he was unaware he needed a firearms identification card or license to carry, and that he planned on selling the rifles in Kittery, Maine.
Another passenger, Amanda Wallace, 35, of 19 Outlaw Ridge Road, Raymond, Maine and was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Wallace told police she and Brown, her brother, picked up Candelario at a nearby convenience store. She said they drove to Lowell to "visit family,'' police state. Candelario said Brown picked him up to "get something to eat.''
Edwards was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm.
The status of the co-defendant's cases was unavailable.
Brown's next court date is July 25 for a probable cause hearing.
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