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Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to Firearm, Crack Cocaine Arrest

For Immediate Release: 2/18/2022 2:04 pm

On February 18th 2022 the Worcester Police Neighborhood Response Team was on patrol in the area of Main and King St. At about 9:50 AM, an officer observed a vehicle driving erratically. The vehicle operator parked abruptly at the corner of Main and King St, then pulled out into the street and made a three point turn, then turned without using his turn signal. An officer followed the vehicle on to Chandler St, activated his blue lights and pulled over the vehicle.

As officers approached the vehicle, they observed the operator, identified as Kingsley Atweri, nineteen-years-old of Charlotte St, frantically reach under the passenger seat as if trying to hide something. Officers removed Mr. Atweri from the vehicle, and observed what appeared to be a handgun under the passenger’s seat. Mr. Atweri did not have a license to carry firearms and was placed under arrest.

Officers located several individually packaged bags of what appeared to be crack cocaine in Mr. Atweri’s pocket. A check through CJIS revealed that Mr. Atweri’s driver’s license was suspended. He is charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Firearm, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card, Improper Storage of a Firearm, Use of a Firearm while Committing a Felony, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Possession of a Class B Substance with intent to Distribute (Crack Cocaine), Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Turn Signal Violation, and Tint Violation. He will be arraigned in court.

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