One Less Gun: BPD Continues Crackdown on Illegal Firearms - Arresting 5 and Recovering 9 Guns in Less Than 24 Hours

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Within a 15 hour span, as a result of stepped up patrols and an increased focus on areas and individuals believed to be involved in either drug or gang-related activities, the Boston Police Department was able to arrest five individuals and seize nine illegal guns. The recently seized firearms bring the total number of firearms seized in the City of Boston this year (2014) to over 105. The total number of illegal firearms taken off city streets in 2013 was 667.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans: "I can’t say enough about the great work being done by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Reducing violence in our neighborhoods starts with taking illegal guns off of our streets. And thanks to our officers and their efforts over the past 24 hours, there are nine fewer guns in the hands of individuals who have otherwise shown a complete and utter disregard for the safety of others and the quality of life in our neighborhoods.” 

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows: 

Incident #1: At about 10:30 AM on Friday, March 7, 2014, pursuant to an ongoing investigation in District B-3 (Mattapan), members of the Citywide Neighborhood Drug Control Unit responded to the corner of Thetford Avenue & Evans Street in Dorchester where they recovered the following from a backpack found inside a trash barrel:

  • One Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum
  • One Smith and Wesson .38 Special
  • One Colt .357 Magnum
  • One Interarms .38 Special
  • One ballistic vest
  • One box of ammunition containing 46 live rounds

Incident #2: At about 7:10 PM on Friday, March 7, 2014, officers assigned to the Citywide Neighborhood Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant in the area of 47 Topliff Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).  As a result of this warrant, officers arrested 19-year-old Jesor Brown of Roslindale, 22-year-old James Edwards of Dorchester, and 23-year-old Jesus Gonzalez of Dorchester for various firearm and drug charges.  Recovered during the execution of the warrant were:

  • One loaded Star Arms 9mm
  • One loaded Beretta .380
  • One Ruger .22 Caliber long rifle
  • Fifteen plastic bags of marijuana, one scale, and packaging

Incident #3: At about 1:30 AM, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, while on patrol in District B-3 (Mattapan), officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a motor vehicle stop for violations of the auto laws in the area of Carmen & Radcliffe Streets in Dorchester.  Further investigation of the incident and occupants of the vehicle led to the recovery of two firearms:

  • One Bryco Arms 9mm semi-automatic handgun
  • One Beretta .22 caliber handgun

Twenty-two-year-old Lino Cook of Dorchester and 29-year-old Rickie Thompson of Mattapan were arrested for various violations of the auto laws, warrants, and firearms charges.