NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — New Bedford Police arrested a juvenile for carrying a firearm in the city’s South End over the weekend.

On Saturday, January 13, detectives assigned to the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau were surveilling the South End.

Detectives said that at around 3 p.m., they observed suspicious activity involving a stopped vehicle in a supermarket parking lot. As the car traveled away, police followed it and conducted a traffic stop at the Dartmouth Street-Fair Street intersection.

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Inside the vehicle were three occupants. According to police, the occupants allegedly gave “conflicting statements” to the detectives.

While searching the vehicle, police found a Polymer 80 firearm located in the backseat where a 17-year-old juvenile had been seated. Also discovered was a magazine and 16 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition.

The juvenile was placed under arrest and charged with carrying a firearm, as well as possession of ammunition and a high-capacity feeding device.

Under Massachusetts law, magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds are considered to be “high capacity,” which is an additional criminal charge.

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