Southbridge Police arrest man for bringing knives, gun to DTA office

SOUTHBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - Southbridge Police have arrested a man who they say carried two knives, a loaded gun, and heroin into a Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) office.

Police were called to the scene of a DTA office before noon on Thursday for a report of a man arguing with a security guard.

Security officers had asked Ramon Vazquez, 28 of Southbridge, to leave the premises because he was carrying two knives, and weapons are not allowed in the building.

Vazquez and the security guard argued before Vazquez allegedly dropped a gun on the floor.

Police investigated the incident and arrested Vazquez for possession of a firearm without a license, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Vazquez also had three warrants out for his arrest.

In addition, Courtney Hale, 28 of Charlton City, who was with Vazquez during the incident, was also arrested as she also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

During the booking process, officers recovered 50 packets of heroin from Vazquez. He was subsequently charged with possession of heroin.

The two will be arraigned in Dudley District Court.

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