LOWELL — A Dracut man was released on $500 cash bail Monday on charges of breaking and entering, possessing large amounts of marijuana, and carrying a loaded, unlicensed gun.
Owen Ford, 19, was arrested Sunday after police found a loaded handgun, marijuana, liquid THC cartridges, a digital scale and cash inside a blue and white backpack Ford claimed to be his, according to a Lowell police report viewed in court.
Ford was charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possessing ammunition without a firearms identification card, possessing a Class D drug — marijuana — with the intent to distribute, carrying a firearm without license, defacing a firearm serial number, and breaking and entering for misdemeanor.
Lowell police responded to Marriner Street after a group of teenagers was reported entering a vacant home with flashlights. Upon arrival, police found two vehicles parked by the driveway, and heard music coming from the back of the house.
After knocking on a garage door window, police said individuals inside rushed partially out of view to conceal items in bags.
While one officer spoke with Tayla Santos, who answered a sliding glass door, another found six other young adults inside the garage: Aleyna Dos-Santos, Tatiana Toro-Rios, Cody Duggan, Paulo Bigoti, Rachel Jaques, and Owen Ford, according to the police report.
Santos told police that the house belongs to her father, and that she entered with a key. Police were not immediately able to confirm if the woman’s father owns or lives in the house, the report states. Officers noted broken glass bottles strewn throughout the garage, multiple bottles of alcohol and the scent of marijuana.
With Ford’s permission, police searched a backpack he claimed to own. Police reported finding two large plastic bags of marijuana, a silver handgun with a scratched-out serial number and two rounds loaded in the magazine, a cloth bag containing four additional rounds, pre-rolled cannabis, liquid THC cartridges, a black digital scale, nine lighters and $88 in single bills, wrapped in a red rubber band.
Ford told police that he found the gun three days ago at a park, but couldn’t remember which one, according to the report.
A Middlesex Community College identification card with Ford’s name and photo was also found inside the backpack.
Police searched all other bags, and found small amounts of marijuana in a backpack belonging Duggan. There was a “no trespassing” sign at the front of the house, according to police.
Ford was arrested at the scene, and informed all others they will be summonsed to appear in court for breaking and entering at night, police said.
After his arrest, police found another $940 in cash, wrapped in a similar red rubber band, in Ford’s possession.
Judge Daniel Crane released Ford after he posted bail. Ford is scheduled to return Sept. 13 for a pretrial hearing.
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