NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — New Bedford Police arrested a man last week for carrying a loaded firearm after allegedly severing his GPS ankle bracelet.

According to police, detectives assigned to the Organized Crime Intelligence Unit were patrolling the city’s West End on August 23 with a warrant for 20-year-old New Bedford man Josue DaSilva.

Silva was wanted by police after he had severed his GPS anklet a week earlier.

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Police said that at around 7 p.m. two officers spotted DaSilva on Harrington Avenue. They said that upon being spotted, he entered a vehicle nearby and placed an item on the floor.

The detectives then approached DaSilva and placed him into custody.

During a search of the vehicle, detectives found a .45-caliber Glock loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition that was below the front seat.

DaSilva was charged with the warrant related to the severing of his ankle bracelet and received an additional charge of illegally carrying a loaded firearm with a high-capacity magazine.

According to police, DaSilva was previously arrested in 2022 after a traffic stop at Temple Landing found he allegedly had a 9mm handgun loaded with 20 rounds of ammunition in his jacket.

The case was dismissed in New Bedford District Court that year.

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