One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover Illegal Firearm in Mattapan

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At about 1:48 PM, Thursday, May 15, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 480 Walk Hill Street in Mattapan.

While on patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with defective equipment (broken windshield). As officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, they observed the vehicle further violate numerous auto laws. The vehicle came to a stop in the area of Walk Hill Street and Paine Street. At this time, officers observed the operator of the vehicle as well as the passenger make suspicious movements with their hands as if they were attempting to conceal something. As officers approached the vehicle, the operator immediately stated that he did not have a license to drive. For fear that the operator may be armed, he was asked to exit the vehicle and was temporarily detained. A pat-frisk of the operator allowed officers to recover a black knife from his person as well as a white substance believed to be crack cocaine. Officers then engaged the passenger of the vehicle, who was not wearing a seat belt. As officers spoke to the passenger, who remained in the vehicle, they observed a green military style knife in plain sight between the passenger’s legs. At this time, the operator of the vehicle began to cause a disturbance in an effort to possibly distract officers engaging the passenger, to no avail. Both individuals were placed under arrest. A motor vehicle inventory search allowed officers to locate an illegal, loaded, black handgun in the glove compartment. During the booking process officers also discovered illegal narcotics.

Officers arrested Delaney Smith, 23, of Mattapan and Louis Graham, 35, of Dorchester. Smith is charged with Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers. Smith is charged with an outstanding warrant.