One Less Gun: Officers Catch Juvenile Red-Handed with Firearm in East Boston; BPD's Fourth Seized Gun in Less than 24 Hours

In addition to the three firearms that BPD officers took off the streets of Boston during search warrants executed in the early morning hours on Friday, February 27, 2015, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) recovered a fourth firearm and arrested two suspects during several drug transactions on Friday evening. The facts of the incident are as follows:

At about 6:15 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit were conducting surveillance in the Maverick Square/Jeffries Point Area of East Boston due to numerous complaints of drug activity and an earlier call for shots fired in the area of 152 Sumner Street.

As officers patrolled the area, their attention was drawn to the suspicious behavior of an unknown black male, later identified as a 15-year-old juvenile from East Boston, in the area of 37 Lamson Street. As the officers continued to monitor this juvenile, they observed him enter a dark vehicle, make what the officers believed to be a street-level drug transaction, then exit the car after a short drive around the block. Officers were able to stop the operator of the vehicle and recover drugs that were observed in plain sight. The operator of the vehicle, 29-year-old Daniel Frometa of Winthrop, was arrested and charged with Possession of Class A Drugs.

Meanwhile, as officers continued to monitor the juvenile, they observed him meet a third male known to officers from previous drug investigations. At this time, the juvenile made motions consistent with another street-level drug transaction. As officers approached, the juvenile made gestures consistent with those of a person who may be armed. Fearing the presence of a firearm, officers conducted a frisk of the juvenile and recovered a loaded silver and black AMT .45 caliber firearm.

The juvenile was placed under arrest and charged with Delinquint to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Distribution of Class A Drugs (Heroin). During the booking process, officers also recovered a plastic bag containing marijuana, and the juvenile was issued a civil citation for the infraction.