FALL RIVER — A tip to police about a man attempting to sell a handgun with an obliterated serial number led to the arrest late last month of an Acushnet man on Snell Street.
Samuel Cardozo, 27, of 50 Slocum St., was arraigned Monday, Feb. 24, on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number and possessing ammunition without an FID card, court records say.
He’d been arrested one day earlier when a Fall River Police Vice and Intelligence Unit detective received information that a person known as “Sam” was attempting to sell a small silver handgun, according to a police report.
Police identified Cardozo as the possible suspect through information provided by a confidential informant, who also said Cardozo had been seen that day walking on Snell Street, the report states.
Investigators went to Snell Street and saw Cardozo walking near the intersection with Plymouth Avenue. According to the report, officers detained him and asked whether he was carrying any illegal weapons, and Cardozo disclosed that he was carrying a handgun and ammunition and did not have a license to carry.
Police confiscated a silver .380-caliber handgun with a defaced serial number and seven rounds of ammunition from Cardozo, who was arrested and booked at the Fall River Police Station, the report states.
Not guilty pleas were entered on Cardozo’s behalf at his arraignment, and his bail was set at $2,500 cash or $25,000 bond, court records say. On Monday, a warrant was issued for Cardozo’s arrest on an alleged probation violation. Cardozo had been arrested two other times by Fall River police over the past year on charges related to drugs, motor vehicle and larceny, according to the police report.