One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover Illegal Firearm Following Violent Struggle in East Boston

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At about 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit made two onsite arrests and recovered an illegal firearm as well as illegal narcotics during a drug investigation in the area of 148 Meridian Street in East Boston. 

During the course of a drug investigation in the area of the above location, officers observed a white male approach a residence on Condor Street which is known to police as an address in which they have received numerous complaints of drug activity. At this time, the male was met by a Hispanic male and engaged in a drug transaction in which the white male received drugs from the Hispanic male. Officers immediately approached the males to inquire about what they had just observed. At this time, the Hispanic male stepped back from officers and lunged forward striking one of the detectives about the face and head. A violent struggle ensued in which the Hispanic male consistently attempted to gain control of a blunt object located in his band. Officers were eventually able to retain control of the suspect and recover a silver .357 Magnum revolver loaded with three live rounds of ammunition, over $380.00 of US Currency, and a large plastic bag containing several small plastic bags packaged with heroin. Officers recovered a knife from the white male who was subsequently placed under arrest. "These brave officers showed enormous courage and restraint during their struggle with this violent armed individual," said Commissioner William Evans. " I am continually impressed with the work my officers do on a daily basis to get guns off our streets and out of our neighborhoods." 

Officers arrested a 17-year-old Hispanic juvenile male of East Boston, and 31-year-old Andrew Leccese of East Boston. The juvenile is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Armed while in Commission of a Felony, Distribution of Class A Drugs, Possession with intent to Distribute Class A Drugs,  Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. Leccese, a member of the Boston Police's List of Most Wanted Criminals, is charged with Possession of Class A Drugs, Possession of Class A Drugs; Second and Subsequent, and Possession of a Knife with a Blade in Excess of 2 ½ inches.