One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover 2 Guns in Two Unrelated Incidents; Good Samaritan Credited with Recovering One of the Firearms

Gun Recovered in Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 12:15 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit were on patrol in Codman Square when they affected an arrest for firearm and drug related charges in the area of Washington and Rosedale Streets.

While conducting surveillance in the above area, officers observed what they believed to be a street level hand-to-hand drug transaction. Upon speaking with the alleged buyer, officers were informed that he had just purchased two bags of the drug “Molly” which officers promptly recovered. The suspect will be charged with Possession of Class B Drugs. Officers then stopped the second party with the intention of arresting him for Distribution of Class B. While conducting a search contemporaneous with the arrest, officers recovered a loaded .22 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver (see photo) in the suspect’s waistband and 12 plastic bags of “Molly” in his pants.

Twenty-five-year-old Alphonzo Wesley of Boston was arrested and charged with Distribution of Class B Drugs, Distribution Class B Drugs (2nd and Subsequent Offense), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Armed Career Criminal Level I, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.

INCIDENT #2In a second unrelated incident on Monday, April 6, 2015, the officer working the front desk in District B-2 (Roxbury) took a walk-in report for a found firearm in the area of Valentine and Thornton Streets in Roxbury.

At about 6:15PM, the officer working the front desk was approached by a concerned citizen who reported he was searching for bottles and cans in the above area when he observed what he believed to be a firearm in the grass. The citizen immediately brought the firearm to the District B-2 Station where it was determined to be a loaded Ekol Botan 9MM P.A.K. District B-2 Detectives secured the firearm and continue to investigate this incident.

Anyone with information relative to the above incident is strongly urged to contact District B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.