Social Media Posts Lead to New Bedford Arrest
NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford Police have arrested a city resident on firearms charges Monday following a tip from his social media posts.
Police said Gang Unit detectives learned that 20-year-old Brian Santiago of Collette Street was posting videos of himself on social media brandishing a firearm.
On Monday night, police said Santiago was seen riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was later stopped for motor vehicle offenses.
Santiago was searched and allegedly found to be in possession of a knife and a .380 handgun loaded with five rounds of ammunition.
He was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded firearm with a defaced serial number and possessing ammunition without a license.
According to police, Santiago has a previous conviction for firearm possession and was sentenced to one year in jail in 2019.