On October 6, 2011 at approximately 5:00 p.m., detectives of the Lowell PD’s Special Investigations Section under the command of Lieutenant Barry Golner; conducted a search warrant at 140 Willard Street, Apt. 4 in Lowell. Prior to executing the warrant, detectives arrested Valentin Silva, 19, of Derry, NH for being a Fugitive from Justice on an arrest warrant out of Rockingham County, NH. Silva was observed leaving the location in a motor vehicle prior to execution of the search warrant.
Detectives discovered and seized approximately (7) ounces of marijuana, a digital scale, and “ziplock” baggies, which are commonly used in the illegal distribution of narcotics. Detectives found (1) SKS Assault Rifle (with an obliterated serial number) loaded with (35) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition in a large capacity “banana style” magazine and (1) .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun loaded with (10) rounds of ammunition. Detectives seized $1,090.00 in cash.
Nicholas Brunelle, 22, of this address was found at the scene, arrested, and charged with Possession of Class D (marijuana) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm Without a License (2 counts), Carrying a Large Capacity Firearm (2 counts), Improper Storage of a Firearm, Possesion of a Firearm with Altered Identification, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
During the search, detectives found Brunelle’s one-year-old son sleeping in a crib inside the apartment. The child was released to the custody of his mother, Jasmine Shea, 20, of Lowell. The matter involving the child will be investigated by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Brunelle was arraigned in Lowell District Court on October 7, 2011 and is currently being held on $50,000.00 cash bail.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.