One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Illegal Firearms in Two Separate Incidents Overnight

Firearm from incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 8:40 PM on Sunday, December 20, 2015, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio broadcast for a possible suspect carrying a firearm in the area of 20 Vine Street, Charlestown.

Members of the BPD City-Wide Drug Control Unit broadcast that the suspect was described as a light-skinned black male, about 6’3” and wearing a thin red jacket over a black jacket with tan pants. Officers warned that he may be armed with a firearm in the pocket of his inner coat. Officers in the area of 106 Bunker Hill Street observed a male fitting the description and approached him at the bus stop. The suspect immediately put his hands in his pockets and attempted to flee. After a violent struggle, officers were able to apprehend the suspect and recover a loaded silver Ruger Security-Six .357 Magnum from inside the suspect’s inner jacket pocket. During a thorough search of the suspect, officers also recovered two bags of a substance constant with crack cocaine.

Officers arrested 22-year-old John Silva of Charlestown and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (Crack Cocaine), Drug School Zone Violation, and Resisting Arrest. Further investigation prompted officers to additionally charge Silva with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (2nd and Subsequent Offense).

INCIDENT #2: At about 1:30 AM on Monday, December 21, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) conducted a traffic stop in the area of Washington and Erie Streets, Dorchester.

While on patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle traveling at 46 mph in a 30 mph, thickly settled zone. Officers were able to stop the vehicle and obtain the operator’s driver’s license and registration. Officers observed that the operator possessed a hardship license that is only valid between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM as a condition of the operator’s probation. Officers ordered the operator out of the vehicle and placed him under arrest for operating without a license.

An inventory search of the car prior to its tow revealed 3 glass jars of a substance believed to be marijuana packaged in individual plastic bags, along with additional plastic bags and a scale. In the glove box, officers recovered a loaded black Taurus Slim Model PT709 9mm firearm.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Jahmal Stephen of Plymouth and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana), and Armed Career Criminal.