Massachusetts State Police seize 8 handguns, 23 high-capacity magazines during traffic stop

Massachusetts State Police share this photo of all the guns they seized from a traffic stop, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

ROWLEY, Mass. (WLNE) — Massachusetts State Police said that they seized eight handguns and nearly two dozen high-capacity magazines during a traffic stop over the weekend.

Police arrested 24-year-old Stewart Silvestri after he was stopped Saturday on Interstate 95 south in Rowley for driving erratically.

In his car, a trooper found seven handguns, one AR-style rifle, 34 magazines — 23 were high-capacity magazines — and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Police said 23 of the magazines were loaded with varying amounts of rounds.

Massachusetts State Police share this booking photo of Stewart Silvestri.

Troopers also found multiple drugs, including 42 grams of cocaine and 167 Xanax pills.

Police said the trooper determined that Silvestri was driving the car under the influence of drugs.

Silvestri, who’s from Brookline, faces numerous charges, including OUI and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police said the 24-year-old didn’t have a license to carry guns in Massachusetts. He obtained the guns in New Hampshire.

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