One Less Gun: Officer’s Recover High Capacity Firearm During Traffic Stop

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At about 1:10 AM on Saturday, November 21, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Columbia Road and Washington Street.

While on patrol in the above area, officers observed a motor vehicle violate the auto laws by taking a right turn on red at an intersection clearly posted “No Turn on Red.” Officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle and, upon further investigation, found that the operator’s driver’s license was suspended. Officers took the operator into custody for the offense. Officers then requested the identification of the front seat passenger (the registered owner of the vehicle) and the back seat passenger to determine whether either of them could legally drive the car from the scene. Neither passenger possessed an active driver’s license, therefore officer issued an exit order for the passengers and ordered a tow for the car. Prior to towing the vehicle, officers conducted an inventory search of the vehicle for valuables/weapons. In the trunk, officers discovered a Michael Kors bag containing a loaded Glock 19 9mm firearm and a box of additional ammunition. Officers were informed by the registered owner of the motor vehicle that it was his wife’s bag. None of the vehicle’s occupants could produce a License to Carry.

The operator, 35-year-old Gregory Thureson of East Boston, was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended/Revoked. The registered owner of the vehicle, 29-year-old Anthony Bailey of East Boston, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device.