Swansea man arrested on child rape, drug, firearms charges

This is a photo of drugs, a firearm and cash found during the execution of a search warrant on Dec. 22, 2022. (Swansea Police Department)

SWANSEA, Mass. (WLNE) — A Swansea man was arrested on child rape, drug, and gun charges Friday, police said.

Detectives executed a court-authorized search warrant at 362 Wilbur Ave. just after 2 p.m. Thursday.

The search was in connection to an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

Joshua Andrade, 20, was arrested at the scene of the search.

Swansea Police Chief Marc Haslam said detectives found a 9mm Glock handgun, ammunition, and a large-capacity 9mm magazine during the search.

Police also found a large amount of suspected marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, Adderall, oxycodone, Xanax, and Suboxone.

Additionally, Haslam said a large amount of cash was discovered, as well as items believed to be related to a sexual assault.

Andrade was arraigned Friday in Fall River District Court. He has been charged with the following:

  • Rape of a child with force (2 counts)
  • Statutory rape of a child
  • Reckless endangerment of a child
  • Improper storage of a large capacity firearm
  • Unlicensed possession of an assault weapon
  • Possession of ammunition without an FID card
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm (2 counts)
  • Possession of a firearm without an FID card (2 counts)
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug (2 counts)
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class C drug
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class E drug
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