BROOKLINE, MA — A Brookline resident is accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and possessing illegal firearms, Massachusetts State Police said.
Stewart Silvestri, 24, is facing charges including eight counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, 25 counts of possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device, multiple counts of possession of a large-capacity firearm in commission of a felony and improper storage of a large capacity firearm, and one count each of possession of a silencer and possession of a firearm while under the influence, police said. He was also charged with OUI-Drugs and possession of Class A, B, and E narcotics.
Silvestri was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail and held at the State Police-Newbury Barracks over the weekend.
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Trooper Charles Buckley responded to the weigh station on Route 95 south in Rowley after witnesses reported that a vehicle being operated erratically had pulled into the weigh station, police said.
Buckley approached the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and, while interacting with Silvestri, saw a handgun with a 50-round drum magazine in plain sight inside the vehicle and another handgun under the drivers seat.
At that time, Buckley removed Silvestri from the vehicle and secured him while other officers began responding to assist.
In total, police located seven polymer handguns and one AR-style short-barreled rifle inside the vehicle. They also located 34 magazines, 23 of which were high capacity magazines, and 23 of the magazines were loaded with varying amounts of rounds. Also located in the vehicle were at least 22 various firearm components and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Police said they determined Silvestri does not have a license to carry firearms in Massachusetts and information gathered in the investigation suggests that he may have obtained them in New Hampshire.
In Silvestri’s backpack, police found approximately 42 grams of cocaine, 53 suboxone strips, 167 Xanax pills, approximately 15 grams of liquid GHB, and multiple other types of drugs and prescription medications.
Silvestri is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Newburyport District Court.
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