Keeping Boston Safe: Search Warrant Enables BPD Officers to Arrest Two Suspects following the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm, Crack Cocaine and Cash in the South End

Keeping Boston Safe: At about 5:00 AM, on Monday, November 5, 2018, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit and District D-4 (South End) Drug Control Unit arrested two suspects on numerous firearm and drug related charges after executing a search warrant in the area of 43 Dwight Street in the South End. After members of the BPD SWAT Team entered the location and secured the two targets of the investigation, Luis Candelario, 44, of Boston and Jean Welch, 32, of West Roxbury, investigators were able to discover and recover a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, 44 grams of fentanyl, 23 grams of crack cocaine (see photo) along with $2480 in U.S. Currency.

During the course of the investigation, officers further discovered that both of the aforementioned suspects had been mandated to wear GPS monitoring devices as directed and instructed given the terms of their probation. Both suspects informed officers that they had forcibly detached and removed the GPS ankle bracelets and, as a result of doing so, fully understood that in violating the terms of the their probation, were consequently wanted out of several courts within the Commonwealth including New Bedford, Quincy and Framingham on various drug related charges.

Both suspects will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trafficking Class A & B Drugs in addition to answering for their outstanding warrants.