Beverly police arrested a New Hampshire man on firearms charges during a routine patrol of a Rantoul Street parking lot Wednesday.
Christopher Ortiz, 34, of East Hampstead, N.H.,was charged with carrying a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without a license or a firearms identification (FID) card. He also faces a charge operating a vehicle after license suspension.
A passenger in the car with Ortiz, Jacob Martinez, 33, of Salem, was arrested on outstanding warrants for allegedly not showing up for past court dates.
According to Officer Mike Boccuzzi, around 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Officers Thomas Nolan and Mark Panjwani were patrolling the Rantoul Street parking lot, which is typically known for high incidents of criminal activity,
The officers conducted a random query of a vehicle with New Hampshire license plates and found out the owner had a suspended license.
A traffic stop was conducted, and the registered car owner, Ortiz, was placed into custody for operating after license suspension.
After Ortiz’s arrest, the officers searched the vehicle and found a .45 caliber handgun and various rounds of ammunition inside the center console and trunk.
Ortiz was released Wednesday night on personal recognizance, and due at Salem District Court today.
Martinez was released on $250 bail and due at Lynn District Court todayl.