One Less Gun: Drug Investigation Leads to Arrest for Possession of Illegal Firearm in East Boston

east boston firearm.jpg

At about 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, officers from District A-7, as well as members of the Drug Control Unit, made an onsite arrest for drug violations and illegal firearm possession in the Eagle Hill Area, East Boston.

Officers have affected numerous drug and firearm related arrests in and around the area, in support of neighborhood complaints. During this investigation, officers observed a blue colored Toyota Corolla occupied by a black male with a stocky build, who matched the description officers received of a suspect possible engaged in drug distribution in the area. Officers observed the vehicle running with the headlights illuminated and partially impeding the lane of travel. Officers watched for a few moments as a second male suspect exited 193 Brooks Street and walk to the front passenger side of suspect #1’s vehicle. After a brief hand to hand exchange between the two suspects, suspect #1 drove away. At that time officers followed behind suspect #1’s vehicle as he drove toward Prescott Street. As suspect #1 approached Prescott Street officers proceeded to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Officers approached the suspect vehicle with their badges clearly displaced and announced their office "Boston Police". Upon approach officer observed the suspect quickly reach into his left front pants pocket.  Officers ordered him not to do that and he complied. But after a second attempt to reach for his pocket, the suspect was quickly removed from the vehicle and detained. Due to the suspect’s extreme nervousness and failure to comply with officers’ demands, a pat frisk was conducted. The presence of a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber firearm and a small plastic bag containing what officers believed to be marijuana was recovered from the suspect’s pants pocket.  Further investigation revealed a minor child sitting in a car seat in the back seat of the suspect vehicle.   Boston Emergency Services transported the child to Massachusetts Hospital for further evaluation. The child’s mother was also notified and a 51A was filed.

Suspect, Robert L. Horsley, 35 of Quincy was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Firearm with Defaced Serial Number and Armed Career Criminal Level 2.