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Leominster Traffic Stop Ends in Gun Arrest

February 15, 2019

LEOMINSTER -- A 22-year-old Fitchburg man was arrested on weapons charges after a routine traffic stop early Thursday morning on Benson Street, State Police said in a press release.

Just before 1 a.m., State Police Trooper Corey Sheehan, with the Leominster Barracks, stopped a gray Honda Civic after he said it ran a red light on Benson Street in Leominster. Sheehan stated that he also noticed the vehicle’s registration was revoked after performing an Registry of Motor Vehicles check.

The driver, identified as Roberto Mojica, was told that the vehicle was going to have to be towed due to the revoked registration, the release states. At first Mojica refused to exit the vehicle but eventually did.

Before the vehicle was towed, Sheehan located a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. Mojica was then placed under arrest, and during a search .38 caliber bullets, along with one spent casing, were found in his pocket, the release states.

Mojica additionally faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm; improper storage of a firearm; carrying a dangerous weapon; possession of ammunition without FID card and possession of a firearm without FID card.