NEW BEDFORD — Detectives from the New Bedford Police Department gang unit took an illegal firearm off the street early Thursday and arrested three New Bedford men following a disturbance on Pawnee Court.

Upon further investigation, police found a semi-automatic Glock 19 9mm firearm with a 15-round capacity feeding device, 35 grams of marijuana and more than $2,400 in cash.

Police arrested Dejon Depina, 19, of 69 Sycamore Street on charges of possession of a firearm, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Also arrested was Jamareh Alphoso, 22, of 311 Coggeshall Street, Apt. 1, on charges of possession of a firearm.

In the course of the investigation, another individual attempted to interfere. Manuel Reynerio Mejia, 23, of 929 County Street, Apt. 3R, was charged with interfering with a police officer.

Allen has six open cases, including five for firearms-related offenses.

Mejia has prior convictions for dealing cocaine and is currently on probation.

The arrests were made at 2:40 a.m. on Thursday, July 5.

--New Bedford Police

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