New Bedford man arrested over social media posts



NEW BEDFORD – New Bedford Police on Monday arrested a town resident on charges of firearms following advice from his social media posts.

Police said Gang Unit detectives had learned that Brian Santiago, 20, of Collette Street, was posting videos of himself on social media wielding a gun.

On Monday evening, police said Santiago was seen as a passenger in a vehicle which was later arrested for motor vehicle offenses.

Santiago was searched and was reportedly in possession of a knife and a .380 handgun loaded with five rounds.

He was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded firearm with an altered serial number and possession of ammunition without a license.

According to police, Santiago has previously been convicted of possession of firearms and was sentenced to one year in prison in 2019.

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