Charlton traffic stop leads to multiple gun, drug charges

Charlton traffic stop leads to multiple gun, drug charges

CHARLTON — A high-risk traffic stop on Smith Road resulted in the arrest of three individuals on firearm and drug charges on July 2 around 8:44 p.m., according to the Charlton Police Department.

The incident began when the Shrewsbury Police Department alerted Charlton authorities that a man had brandished a firearm at a gas station.

The suspect’s vehicle was later spotted by the sergeant.

Cardrant on Stafford Street, leading to the intervention of Officers Hanks, Trethaway and Reddick.

The driver, John Gilchrist, of 99 Smith Road, was immediately searched upon exiting the vehicle, during which Officer Reddick discovered a firearm in his waistband.

The two other occupants, Julyette Alba of Worcester and Kenneth Mardirosian of Dudley, were also removed from the car and searched.

Shrewsbury police identified Mardirosian as the individual who displayed the weapon in their jurisdiction.

He was arrested on firearms charges related to the incident.

Upon further examination, it was discovered that the Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver in his possession had defaced serial numbers.

Gilchrist faced multiple charges, including unlawful carrying of a firearm, possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers during the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition without an FID card.

He was arraigned the following day at Dudley District Court.

Further investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for Gilchrist’s vehicle, where officers discovered paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics, a large quantity of drugs and a significant amount of cash, totaling $25,181.

The drugs seized included cocaine, oxycodone, heroin and various prescription pills.

Gilchrist, Alba and Mardirosian have all been charged with multiple drug trafficking and possession offenses.

The collaborative efforts of officers from Charlton and Shrewsbury have been praised for their role in addressing public safety issues.

Despite the charges, all individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.