For Immediate Release: 3/6/2018 4:08 pm
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at approximately 12:38 AM, Worcester Police responded to North Street for a report of a person walking in the middle of the road carrying a gun. Upon the officers arrival they searched the immediate area and could not locate anyone suspicious. At this time the officers exited their cruisers and conducted an extensive search on foot throughout the neighborhood, looking in driveways and yards. After a while officers came upon two people, a male and female, sitting in a 2003 Nissan Altima. The vehicle was located by 67 North Street.
Due to the nature of the call, both occupants were removed from the vehicle and searched. The male was identified as Miguel Rivera, 40-years-old of 31 Joyce Street, Webster; the female was identified as Sara Ventura, 36-years-old of 31 Joyce Street, Webster. The searched of Mr. Rivera produced a fully loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun. The gun was located in his sweatshirt pocket. A search of Ms. Ventura produced a small plastic baggie that contained cocaine, a class B substance.
Mr. Rivera was placed under arrest and charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card and Being an Armed Career Criminal with 3 Violent or Drug Convictions.
Ms. Ventura was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class B Substance.
Both suspects were arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.
The weapon and narcotics were seized as evidence and secured at police headquarters.