On Monday August 15th 2011, the New Bedford Police Gang Unit attempted to stop a motor vehicle for a motor vehicle infraction. The vehicle failed to stop for a couple of blocks, but was eventually stopped on Lloyd Street in the northend of the city. While taking the operator of the vehicle into custody, a Taurus 9mm handgun was observed on the floor of the vehicle.
The operator of the vehicle, Alex Barboza, 21 yrs of age, is currently on parole.(Left photo) The passenger, Erick Roman, 22yrs of age, has two prior firearms arrests having already served 18 months for one conviction.(Right photo)
This is not the first time that Roman and Barboza were arrested together. Back in January of 2006, they were both arrested during a drug raid on Coggeshall Street. As narcotics detectives were entering that residence, two handguns were thrown out of a window. This is Erick Romans third firearms related arrest in 5 years.
Both males were arraigned at Third District Court on August 16, 2011.