One day after partnering with ATF Boston in a multi-agency effort that led to 17 arrests and the confiscation of 22 firearms, today, Thursday, June 15, 2017, men and women of the Boston Police Department remained steadfast in their ongoing commitment to keep Boston safe by playing a pivotal role in a federal crackdown on illegal drug and gun sales and the gang-affiliated individuals responsible for the illegal transactions. Today, members of the BPD’s Special Investigations Unit and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives Boston charged 15 individuals on gun-related activities and seized 12 firearms. The majority of those charged have known connections to gang, gun and drug related activity in and around Roxbury’s Orchard Gardens Housing Development.
Said Commissioner William Evans, “To those who think it’s okay to pick up a gun or sell a gun in our city, I would say to them the arrests and significant gun seizures over the past few days are not an end result, but rather, part of an ongoing effort by my officers and our federal partners to keep our city safe. And, let there be no doubt about the ultimate goal, the men and women of the Boston Police Department are forever committed to combatting gun violence by targeting and apprehending those fueling and feeding the sale of illegal guns in our community and the fatal consequences that tragically accompany it. If you’re in a gang and carry a gun, know this, it’s not going to be tolerated and we’re coming for you.”
In addition to the recovered firearms, officers also seized and recovered a sizeable amount of crack cocaine.
The following individuals have been charged on various gun and drug related activities:
- Dominique Dozier, 31, of Boston
- Tyree Draughn, 25, of Boston
- Daiquan Lucas, 24, of Boston
- Jeremiah Mines, 24, of Boston
- Andre Parham-Rankin, 21, of Boston
- Lyndon Scott, 27, of Brockton
- Keon Smith, 38, of Boston
- Kevin Woods, 26, of Boston
- Raymond Gaines, 38, of Brockton
- Jaylin Hawkins, 23, of Boston
- Raul Williams, 26, of Boston
- Jose Quinones, 24, Boston
- Diamond Brito, 25, of Boston
- A juvenile male from Boston
The charges are the result of a nearly two-year investigation into the high concentration of crime in and around the Orchard Park Development. The charges stem, in part, from the illegal activities of the members and associates of the Orchard Park Trailblazers who severely impacted the quality of life for residents in the community due to their unlawful behavior and actions.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb, Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement today. Assistance with today’s arrests was also provided by the Massachusetts State Police.