One Less Gun: Body Armor, Ammunition and Gun Recovered After Arrest, Search

On Sunday November 30, 2014, at about 4:33 PM, officers assigned to the Drug Control Unit executed search warrants in the area of 107 Shurtleff Street, Chelsea. The suspect of the investigation exited the dwelling and was observed walking on Central Avenue. Officers noticed the suspect holding a black colored sock in his hand. As the officers approached the suspect, he opened the door of a business and threw the black sock inside.  Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody and violent struggle ensued. After gaining control of the suspect, officers recovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun inside the sock that was thrown into the store. Officers returned to 107 Shurtleff Street and made a peaceful entry. Recovered inside the residence were 32 rounds of ammunition, one plastic bag of marijuana, a scale and a bullet resistant vest.

Officers arrested 19-year-old Jessi Cardona-Restrepo, of Chelsea, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a loaded Firearm on Public Way, Receiving Stolen Property (Gun was reported stolen on 1/21/14), and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. Arraignment is scheduled in East Boston Court.