NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — New Bedford police say they have arrested a man for illegally possessing a firearm.

Police received information about a man, identified as 21-year-old Curtis Monteiro, in possession of a gun.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, Monteiro was seen walking in the area of Chestnut and Robeson streets when he was approached by detectives. He was found with a Taurus G2C 9mm handgun loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition.

Police said he had no license to possess a firearm and that the serial number of the gun had been defaced.

Monteiro was arrested and is being charged with carrying a loaded, large-capacity firearm with an obliterated serial number without a license.