One Less Gun: Drug Investigation Leads to Recovery of Illegal Firearm

At about 6:45 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, members of the District B-2 (Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation in the Grove Hall area of Boston.

While on patrol, the officers’ attention was drawn to a Chevy minivan with out-of-state plates that was idling on Georgia Street. Due to previous drug incidents in the area, officers set up surveillance on the vehicle. Shortly after doing so, officers observed a second vehicle approach and park nearby. The operator of the second vehicle entered the front passenger seat of the minivan. Officers observed what they believed to be a drug transaction, and the passenger exited the minivan less than a minute later, returned to his car, and drove away. Officers were able to stop the car and the operator a short distance away. Further investigation led officers to recover a loaded Sterling .22 caliber L.R. firearm from the operator’s coat pocket. The operator, a 22-year-old male from Dorchester, did not possess a license to carry; therefore, officers arrested him and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. A search of the vehicle revealed five plastic bags of a white rock substance believed to be crack cocaine, approximately $540 in US currency, and several pieces of paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of narcotics. The suspect was additionally charged with Trafficking 18-36 Grams of Class B Drugs and Possession of a Firearm while in the Commission of a Felony.