NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — New Bedford Police have taken three firearms off the street and also arrested four people earlier this week.

Police concluded a drug investigation on Monday, May 6, into a cocaine distribution service out of 40 Roosevelt Street, they said was connected to Justin Ramos, 23.

As a result of the search, detectives seized cocaine, oxycodone and packing materials. Detectives also seized a loaded .380 firearm.

Courtesy New Bedford Police
Courtesy New Bedford Police

Ramos and Carmen Ciuro were arrested and charged with firearm-related offenses, two counts of possession to distribute a Class B drug, and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

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Later that same evening, detectives received a tip that a male was in possession of an illegal firearm in the Montes Park area.

Police said upon arrival, they found a loaded 9MM handgun with a defaced serial number on the male, later identified as Tavarus Veal, 19.

During that time, police also witnessed a male, later identified as Jorge Santana-Sanchez, 19, wearing a ski mask running south on Griffin Court.

Police were able to secure Santana-Sanchez after a brief pursuit and said officers found two plastic bags of marijuana weighing 49.5 grams, $175 in cash, and a loaded .380 caliber firearm that he had discarded.

Courtesy New Bedford Police
Courtesy New Bedford Police

Veal and Santana-Sanchez were arrested and charged with firearm violations. Santana-Sanchez was also charged with possession to distribute marijuana.

"Through their vigilant efforts, our detectives not only seized three guns but also took three dangerous individuals off the streets," Chief Paul Oliveira said. "Their dedication to keeping our community safe is truly commendable."

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