Oklahoma Man Found Possessing Illegal Narcotics and Firearms in Sturbridge

On Monday at approximately 7:42 a.m., Trooper William Pothier, who is assigned to State Police-Sturbridge, conducted a check of the rest area on I-84 westbound in Sturbridge. While conducting this check, Trooper Pothier spoke with the occupants of a GMC Denali which was parked in the rest area, with an expired temporary Missouri registration.

After a brief investigation, the vehicle’s owner, JUSTIN G. BARRON, 39, of Heavaner, Oklahoma, was found to be in illegal possession of a .40 caliber Spingfield XD pistol and a Smith & Wesson M&P rifle, both with ammunition, and a smoking pipe containing methamphetamine as well as other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. BARRON is not licensed to carry firearms in Massachusetts.

A female passenger was released with no charges. BARRON was placed under arrest and charged with the following:

1.    Possession/carrying a firearm;
2.    Assault weapon, sell/possess;
3.    Improper storage of a firearm;
4.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
5.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
6.    Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device;
7.    Possession of ammunition without FID card;
8.    Possession of Class B drug; and
9.    Unregistered motor vehicle.

BARRON was transported to State Police-Sturbridge for booking. BARRON was held on $15,040 bail, pending arraignment in Dudley District Court.

No further information is available. Please do not call the barracks directly.