One Less Gun: Car Blocking Traffic Enables BPD Officers to Recover a Gun and Arrest Three Suspects on Three Separate Charges: At about 6:50pm, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Normandy & Intervale Streets when officers observed a brown minivan blocking traffic. Officers further noted that the operator of the vehicle appeared to be involved in a conversation with an individual standing on the sidewalk while seemingly unaware of the fact that his vehicle was obstructing traffic. At this point, officers activated their lights and sirens and approached the vehicle. While approaching the vehicle, officers observed the front seat passenger moving in such a way as if to suggest he was in the process of hiding an object. Specifically, officers observed the passenger shuffling and moving his arms as if pulling an item from the waist and putting it somewhere in the passenger compartment area. Officers further noticed that the occupants of the vehicle appeared to be startled and nervous upon seeing the approaching officers. Fearing the presence of a firearm, officers promptly instructed both the operator and the passenger to exit the vehicle. A search of the vehicle enabled officers to locate and confiscate a firearm (see photo). The firearm, a Walther Semi Auto .25 Cal, was recovered and turned in as evidence.
Officers arrested Juan Figueroa, 19, of Dorchester and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. The operator of the vehicle, David DePina, 22, of Dorchester, who was unlicensed was arrested and charged with Operating without a License. Meantime, the individual standing on the sidewalk was found to be in the possession of a Class B Drug (Cocaine). Adam Peguero, 22, of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug.