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Officials said during an inventory of the vehicle, a Springfield Armory .40 caliber pistol with 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition in the magazine, a large bag of suspected Fentanyl weighing approximately 30 grams, and a large bag of suspected crack cocaine weighing approximately 15 grams were located.  (Photo courtesy Massachusetts State Police)
Officials said during an inventory of the vehicle, a Springfield Armory .40 caliber pistol with 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition in the magazine, a large bag of suspected Fentanyl weighing approximately 30 grams, and a large bag of suspected crack cocaine weighing approximately 15 grams were located.  (Photo courtesy Massachusetts State Police)
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CHELMSFORD — Police arrested 26-year-old Jared Silva of Chelmsford on Thursday on drug distribution and domestic violence charges.

Silva was arrested on outstanding warrants for distribution of a Class A narcotic, domestic assault and battery, and motor vehicle violations. Additional charges against Silva are now pending. His arrest comes one week after the State Police gang unit requested assistance from the violent fugitive apprehension section and Chelmsford Police to locate him.

According to law enforcement officials, his arrest was a team effort. On Thursday State Police troopers assigned to the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section plus Chelmsford and Lowell Police, members of a U.S. Marshals Task Force, and members of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department set surveillance at a residence of interest.

Officials said that while looking for an escape from police 26-year-old Jared Silva tried to crash through the perimeter fence of a local business, which was topped with barbed wire. That attempt was unsuccessful and the vehicle became disabled.   (Photo courtesy Massachusetts State Police)

Officials said they observed a man matching Silva’s description get into a vehicle at the residence and drive away.

Troopers and other investigators followed the vehicle, which entered the fenced-in parking lot of a business on Middlesex Street in Chelmsford and backed into a space.

When unmarked cruisers entered the parking lot, Silva accelerated out of the parking spot without warning and began driving at excessive speeds, searching for an exit.

With the one entrance and exit to the lot blocked by police, Silva tried to crash through the perimeter fence, which was topped with barbed wire. That attempt was unsuccessful and the vehicle became disabled.

Silva exited the vehicle and, as troopers and other officers converged on him, he surrendered.

Officials said that during an inventory of the vehicle, a Springfield Armory .40 caliber pistol with 14 rounds ammunition in the magazine, a large bag of suspected fentanyl weighing about 30 grams, and a large bag of suspected crack cocaine weighing about 15 grams were located.

Police also recovered a box of ammunition as well as an additional large bag of white powder, which is pending analysis. Silva was arrested on the warrants, and multiple additional charges are pending.

Silva was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Friday, said Marcela Dwork, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Silva was charged with trafficking 18 grams or more of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm, possession of a large-capacity firearm, possession of a large-capacity feeding device and possession of ammunition without a permit in connection with allegedly dealing with drugs in Chelmsford on Sept. 9. Judge Ellen Caulo ordered the defendant to be held on $30,000 cash bail.

Silva was charged with two counts of distribution of a Class A substance in connection with allegedly dealing with drugs in Chelmsford on Aug. 11. Caulo ordered the defendant to be held on $5,000 cash bail.

Silva was also charged with assault and battery on a household member in connection with an alleged domestic incident on November 18, 2020. Caulo ordered the defendant to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Sept. 17.