PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Police arrested a New Hampshire man on firearms charges early Tuesday after investigating a complaint from a towing contractor in the Plymouth Industrial Park.

Joshua Vafides, 30, of 22 Fordway Extension, Windham, New Hampshire, was arrested at 1:17 a.m. on charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, improper storage of a firearm and possession of a large capacity firearm (feeding device).

Capt. Kevin Manuel said officers saw a gun in the back seat of Vafides' car while investigating a dispute involving a towing contractor on Resnik Road.

Manuel said Vafides and a passenger, Nathan Rebello, 29, of 416 Old Barnstable Road, Falmouth, experienced car trouble while driving from New Hampshire to Falmouth. Manuel said they purchased beer while waiting for help and were intoxicated when a tow company arrived to help.

Manuel said Vafides demanded a ride back to New Hampshire, prompting an argument and call to police.

Manuel said the firearm that officers saw in the back of the vehicle was a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun. Manuel said Vafides was not licensed to carry the weapon. Police also found a large capacity magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a different gun.

Manuel said Rebello was arrested on three default warrants for outstanding cases in Falmouth District Court. The warrants charge Rebello with assault and battery on a family member, assault, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving, assault and battery and malicious destruction of property valued at less than $1,200.


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