One Less Gun: BPD Drug Investigation Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm, Drugs and Cash After Traffic Stop in Dorchester

At about 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 14, 2017, officers assigned to the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit made an onsite arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of 929 Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Officers had stopped a motor vehicle as part of an ongoing drug investigation when they learned that the operator, James Deal, 37, of Dorchester, did not possess a valid driver’s license. The officers then removed the suspect and performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .380 caliber Sig Sauer handgun with a defaced serial number along with several bags of marijuana packaged for sale and over one thousand dollars in cash. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.