New Bedford man sentenced to state prison on gun, drug charges

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said a New Bedford man was sentenced to prison time after being convicted of trafficking cocaine and possessing an illegal gun.

Officials said 27-year-old Tylor Martin pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court on Friday to the following charges:

  • Carrying an illegal firearm with a prior violent conviction
  • Unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device
  • Trafficking cocaine

Police said at the time of Martin’s arrest in October 2022, he was under investigation for roughly a year with two domestic violence-related arrest warrants from 2021.

When Massachusetts State Police got information about Martin’s whereabouts, they found him hiding in an apartment on West Hill Road.

After he was arrested, police said they found a loaded 9mm handgun and narcotics in plain view. They obtained a search warrant for the apartment and seized 48 grams of “crack” cocaine along with a 30-round high-capacity firearm magazine.

Martin was sentenced to serve three to four years in state prison. Officials said he still faces charges of domestic assault and battery, assault, strangulation, intimidation, breaking and entering and unarmed robbery for two separate incidents from 2021.

“The defendant has a history of violence and was in possession of a firearm, large capacity feeding device and a large quantity of drugs while on the run from police. He clearly is a danger to the community and needs to be kept off the street to protect the public,” District Attorney Quinn said.

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