Officers Arrest One Adult Male on Gun Charges in the Downtown Crossing Area of Boston

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 11:02 PM.,on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an on-site firearm arrest of Terrence Wilkins, 28, of Boston, in the area of 103 Arch Street, Downtown Crossing.

The officers were on patrol in the area of Summer and Arch Streets when their attention was drawn to a motor vehicle whose insurance had been revoked. As the officers approached the vehicle, they observed a male, later identified as Terrence Wilkins, 28 of Boston, exit the vehicle and begin walking in the opposite direction back toward Summer Street. Once Wilkins made eye contact with the officers, he took off running while holding the left side of his waist band area. 

Officers apprehended Wilkins and recovered a loaded Taurus G2c 9mm handgun with one live round in the chamber, along with a high capacity feeding device with seventeen live cartridges inside.

Terrence Wilkins will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on the following charges: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Resisting Arrest

Great Work Recognized: Captain, Sergeant and Officers Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for Recovering a Firearm Outside of a Nightclub Downtown

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Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Captain Robert Ciccolo, Sergeant Peter Chu, and District A-1 (Downtown) Officers Michael Paillant, Michael Andrade, Sarah Drew and Sarah Jane Hassan-McDaid for their actions during the following incident:

At about 1:10 AM on March 2, 2019, officers received information that two individuals had returned to ICON nightclub in the area of 100 Warrenton Street, one of whom was armed with a firearm, following a fight. Officers Andrade and Hassan-McDaid assisted Officer Paillant while he attempted to speak with one of the males, who had returned to the nightclub and was standing near the entrance. During a violent struggle with the suspect, Officer Hassan-McDaid observed a black magazine containing ammunition fall from the suspect’s clothing onto the ground. While struggling with the male, Captain Ciccolo, Sergeant Chu and Officer Drew responded to the scene and assisted in placing the male under arrest. Captain Ciccolo subsequently recovered a firearm from the suspect.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of these officers, this suspect and a firearm were removed from the streets and possible future violence was averted. 

For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Quick Response Leads to Arrest After Violent, Unprovoked Assault Downtown

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Daily Dose of Great Police Work: At about 1:37 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an assault and battery in the area of 1 Franklin Street, Downtown. On arrival, officers located a male victim covered in blood, suffering from a deep laceration to his forehead. Officers spoke to the victim and a female witness who stated they were walking on Washington Street towards Summer Street when an unknown Hispanic male approached them and punched the victim in the face with a closed fist. The female witness pursued the suspect who fled the area.

Additional units arrived on scene and searched the area for the male matching the description of the suspect who was located a short time later near the Chinatown Train Station. Upon being positively identified as the suspect, the male became increasingly agitated and began to violently struggle with officers, kicking and thrashing his body while inside the rear of the patrol wagon. Eventually, officers were able to secure the male who was transported to the station where he refused to be booked. 

Officers arrested Luis Andino, 25-years-old, of South Boston. Andino is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault and Battery Causing Bodily Injury and Resting Arrest. 

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Male and Recover Loaded Firearm, Drugs, and Cash Downtown

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One Less Gun: At about 8:36 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 34 Bromfield Street, Downtown as part of an ongoing investigation. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a group of individuals known to them from prior interactions. Officers spoke with one of the individuals and observed a large folding knife protruding from the male’s jacket. While attempting to remove the knife, officers felt a heavy, weighted object which they immediately recognized as that of a firearm. Officers removed a Glock 22 .40 caliber firearm loaded with six rounds of live ammunition from the male’s jacket. Additionally, officers recovered 12 plastic bags containing marijuana and an undisclosed amount of US Currency.   

Officers arrested Fernando Villalona-Torres, 21-years-old, of Roxbury. Villalona-Torres is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. A query of the suspect revealed multiple active warrants for charges including Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Assault and Battery, Vandalism, and Intimidation of a Witness. 

 

Three Suspects Arrested in April 20th Double Stabbing in Downtown Boston

 

At about 2:28AM, on Saturday, April 20, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 1 Summer Street Boston. 

Upon arrival, officers observed one adult male victim suffering from a stab wound to the upper leg.  Officers located a second adult male victim who was suffering from a stab wound to the neck.  Both victims were taken to local area hospitals with life threatening injuries.  

UPDATE: At about 10:40 AM, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, after an ongoing investigation, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown), while in the area of 40 Boylston Street arrested Miguel Esteves-Roman, 42, of Boston, and charged him with Assault with Intent to Murder, Mayhem, and Assault and Battery (injuries).

At about 5:00 PM, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, officers assigned to the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, while in the area of 5 Cleaves Street arrested Louis Williams, 36, of Roxbury, on a straight warrant issued out of Boston Municipal Court and charged him with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault and Battery (injuries).  Also arrested on a straight warrant out of Boston Municipal Court was Charion Bradley, 27, of Roxbury. She was charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, and Mayhem. 

All three suspects will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court

Suspect in Custody on Drug Related Charges One Day After BPD Investigation in Charlestown

 

At about 6:31 PM on Sunday April 14, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) recovered a plastic bag containing 96 oxycodone pills from inside a motor vehicle during an investigation in the area of 275 Medford Street. Officers were originally called to the area after a call for shots fired which resulted in an adult male victim self-applying to an area hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Officers later determined and confirmed that the evidence recovered belonged to Jonathan Libbey, 32, of Charlestown, who was not on scene at the time of the investigation. At about 7:35 PM on Monday April 15, 2019, officers located and arrested the suspect without incident in the area of Commercial Street and Charter Street in the North End. The suspect will appear in Charlestown District Court on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs.

 

Unruly Patron Arrested at TD Garden for Biting, Kicking and Spitting on Officers, EMTs and Staff

 

At about 8:50 PM on Saturday, officers working a paid detail in District A-1 (Downtown) at 100 Legends Way (TD Garden) assisted security with escorting a male and female patron from the premise. Officers assisted event security with removing the male patron with relative ease. When officers attempted to remove the female patron, they were met with violent resistance. The female began screaming at officers, threw herself to the ground and refused to leave the premise. The female became physically combative and kicked one of the officers. The female was told she would be placed under arrest for assaulting the officer. At this time, the female, still on the ground, rolled over and tucked her hands underneath her body while lying on her purse refusing to comply with officers’ commands. The female kicked at officers and spit on them before biting one of the officers on the arm. Eventually, the female was placed in handcuffs and escorted to an elevator in an attempt to avoid the stairs, due to her violent nature. 

While on the elevator, the female became combative once again kicking one of the officers with full force. The suspect was removed from the elevator and continued her assault in the stairwell, kicking officers, tying up their legs with hers, causing them to fall multiple times, and digging her nails into the skin of one of the officers. The female was eventually placed on a stretcher with the assistance of Boston EMS and event security. While on the stretcher, the female kicked the EMTs and spit on a staff member.  Officers placed a spit hood on the female and transported her to the district station where she refused booking after throwing a cup of water on the booking officer. 

The female, identified as Stephanie Lavoie, 32-years-old, of Waterbury Vermont, was eventually booked and is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court charges of Assault and Battery on EMS Personnel, Disorderly Conduct, Assault and Battery, Resisting Arrest, and six counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

 

BPD Traffic Advisory: Water Main Break in the area of Blossom Street at Charles Street and Storrow Drive

 

BPD Traffic Advisory: Blossom Street from Charles Street and Storrow Drive up to William Cardinal O'Connell Way are closed on both sides due to a large water main break. Motorists and pedestrians are kindly asked to avoid the area. Boston Water & Sewer and National Grid are working to alleviate to problem.

FBI and Boston Police Seek Identities of Four Individuals Who May Have Information Relating to the Kidnapping of Jassy Correia

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force and the Boston Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying four individuals who were in the vicinity of Tremont Street and Stuart Street in Boston, Massachusetts at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The individuals are not suspected of any wrongdoing and are being sought as witnesses in connection with the alleged kidnapping of 23-year-old Jassy Correia.

The public is being asked to review a video and photos of the individuals (enhanced surveillance photos can be found at the bottom of this release).

As seen in the video, the unknown male has facial hair and is wearing a dark jacket with a white undershirt and dark pants. Next to him is an unidentified female wearing a black dress with a dark green jacket and dark, knee-high boots. The unknown female next to her is pictured wearing a dark outfit with a tan jacket and black boots. The last female on the right is seen wearing a dark jacket over a multicolored dress, with knee-high, black boots. All four are believed to be in their 20s, have light skin, and dark hair.

February 24, 2019 surveillance footage in the vicinity of Tremont Street and Stuart Street in Boston, Massachusetts, depicting four unknown individuals being sought as witnesses in connection with the alleged kidnapping of Jassy Correia. The individuals are not suspected of wrongdoing but may have information that will help in the case.

“We’re asking the public to take a close look at these images to see if they can help us identify these people because we believe they may have information that could enhance our investigation,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division. “We want to emphasize that these folks are not suspected of any wrongdoing. We just really want to talk to them to find out if they have seen or overheard something that could help us bring some closure to Jassy’s family.”

A social media campaign, including advertisements on Facebook, will run in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island for the next month.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI Boston Division’s Violent Crimes Task Force at 857-386-2000. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Loaded Firearm Following Traffic Stop in Charlestown

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One Less Gun: At about 8:26 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm following a traffic stop in the area of Monument Street and Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with excessive tints on the windows and an expired registration decal. Officers approached the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. While speaking with the operator, officers observed the passenger with a green substance believed to be marijuana inside of a tray between his feet. At this time, both the operator and passenger were removed from the vehicle. Inside of the rear climate control panel, officers subsequently located a black Smith & Wesson .32 long revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition. The operator of the motor vehicle was taken into custody while the passenger was identified and released from the scene. 

Officers arrested Laron Richardson, 30-years-old, of Brockton. Richardson is expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Open Container of Marijuana in a Vehicle. 

 

BPD Remembers the Service of Patrolman Francis B. Johnson Killed in the Line of Duty 50 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: On this day 50 years ago, March 17, 1969, Boston Police Patrolman Francis B. Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance at a tavern in the area of Kneeland Street and Tremont Street in Downtown Boston. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Johnson was 51 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and six children. He was laid to rest at the Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree.

Patrolman Johnson’s name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 35, West Line 6. His name is also on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters along with the Police Memorial at the State House in Boston. A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at Tremont Street and Boylston Street in Downtown Boston.

Please join the men and women of the BPD as we take a moment to honor and remember his service and sacrifice fifty years ago today.

 

Investigation Update: Additional Charges Filed Against Graffiti Suspect

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Following an extensive citywide investigation into the arrest of Angel Rodriguez, 37-years-old, of Boston, detectives have identified Rodriguez as the individual wanted for several additional incidents of vandalism across the City of Boston as well as an incident of arson. As a result of this investigation, Rodriguez is also being charged with Arson in relation to an incident which occurred on February 21, 2019 in which building materials were set on fire in the area of 500 Boylston Street. Rodriguez also faces multiple counts of Vandalism for various incidents in the Downtown area including the following: A February 25, 2019 in which officers responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 399 Boylston Street. On arrival, officers observed damage to the front exterior door and display window believed to have been smashed with a sledgehammer.

The Boston Police continues to investigate additional incidents of vandalism and graffiti in the Downtown area.

 

Suspicious Activity in Downtown Boston Leads to the Arrest of a Randolph Man

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At about 2:30 AM on Sunday, March 3, 2019, officers observed an individual acting in a suspicious manner while in a motor vehicle located at Warrenton Street and Stuart Street, Downtown Boston.

 The individual had been sitting in the driver’s side of the idling parked motor vehicle for a long period of time. Officers asked the individual to identify himself several times but he refused by not responding to officers. Officers requested the individual to exit the motor but he continued to ignore the officer’s requests. As officers were attempting to obtain information from the individual in question, they noticed what appeared to be a firearm under the driver’s side seat. At this point the individual who was later identified as Michael Okoye, 34 of Randolph, was placed under arrest and charged with refusal to submit to a Police Officer. Officers determined that the firearm recovered from under the suspects seat was a faux .45 caliber BB Gun depicted in the photo. 

Michael Okoye was placed under arrest and charged with refusal to submit to a Police Officer. He will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

Two Suspects in Custody and Loaded Firearm Recovered After BPD Officers Respond to Disturbance at Downtown Boston Club

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KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: At about 1:10 AM, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown Boston) arrested Israel Chery, 24, of Somerville and Jerome Belle, 24, of Randolph, on firearm related charges after responding to a disturbance in the area of 100 Warrenton Street in Boston. On arrival, officers were informed and advised by staff of the Icon Nightclub that the two suspects had been removed from the establishment after being involved in a verbal altercation with a group of patrons inside. Once the two were outside of the club, Jerome Belle was observed retrieving a handgun from a nearby parked motor vehicle and handing it to Israel Chery as the two then walked together towards Stuart Street. Officers soon located and stopped Israel Chery at the corner of Warrenton Street and Stuart Street at which time a violent struggle ensued. The suspect was eventually placed in custody with the assistance of numerous responding officers at which time a loaded .40 caliber Glock 23 Gen 4 handgun (see photo) was recovered from the suspect’s right jacket pocket. Officers continued to search the area and soon located the second suspect, Jerome Belle, in a parked motor vehicle where he was placed in custody without incident. Both suspects will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

 

Investigation Update: BPD Releases Image of Suspect Wanted in Connection to the Kidnapping of 23-year-old Jassy Correia

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UPDATE: The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the male in the above photo identified as Louis D. Coleman III, 32-years-old, of Providence, Rhode Island. The BPD is also looking to locate the red motor vehicle which Coleman is believed to be operating. Last seen in the Providence, Rhode Island area on Thursday, February 28, 2019, police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate Coleman as well as Jassy Correia.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jassy Correia, Louis D. Coleman, or the red vehicle is urged to contact 911 immediately.  

Community members wishing to assist this search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

The facts and circumstances of the original incident are as follows: The Boston Police Department is issuing a Missing Person Alert and asking for the public’s help in efforts to locate 23-year-old Jassy Correia. Shortly after leaving the Venu Nightclub, Correia was seen in the area of 255 Tremont Street in Boston in the company of an unknown male (see video below) at about 12:15AM on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Correia was later seen entering a motor vehicle, believed to be a red motor vehicle (see photo), with the same male in the area of Tremont and Herald Streets. When last seen, Correia, who is approximately 5’7” tall, was wearing big hoop earrings, an orange jumpsuit and a jean jacket with an image of red lips and pink wings on the back of it.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Thomas F. Rose Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 26 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Thomas F. Rose Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 26 Years Ago: On this day 26 years ago, February 19, 1993, Patrolman Thomas F. Rose shot and killed after letting an inmate out of his cell to make a phone call in the cell block of District A-1 (Downtown). Officer Rose’s murderer was convicted of the crime the same year.

A 13-year veteran of the department, Officer Rose was 42-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife, three children and a granddaughter.

Officer Rose was laid to rest at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 26, West Line 9.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted outside of District A-1 Station at 40 Sudbury Street in Boston to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.

 

BPD in the Community: Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit Holds Event to Educate and Combat Sex Trafficking

Changing Norms & Attitudes to Prevent the Harm Caused by Commercial Sexual Exploitation - No Buyers, No Harm

Over 100 participants attended the event, which took place on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at MassHousing, 1 Beacon Street, 4th Floor, Bill White Board Room. The City of Boston, Boston Police Department and Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement; MassHousing, Demand Abolition, the Imago Dei Fund and The Eva Center convened an event titled Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation Through the Lens of Gender Inequity

The presentation highlighted the City of Boston’s evolving approach to combatting the harms associated with commercial sexual exploitation, and to educate as to the connection between prostitution, sex trafficking, gender inequity and gender-based violence.  

"This truly is an issue of gender equity. The vast majority of people involved in this kind of exploitation are female. They are often forced into this work by their partners or others, and fear retribution. They don’t see another option—or a way out of it."-Mayor Martin J. Walsh

The City of Boston is committed to preventing and reducing the harm associated with commercial sexual exploitation through a three-pronged strategy;

  • Community outreach, education and mobilization to change norms so that Bostonians no longer consider buying sex a normal act, but instead harmful to all involved - the victim, the buyer and the community.

  • Promotion of Men’s Accountability: Male buyers are driving this crime. Given that, male accountability is a key strategy of the City of Boston’s approach, and will manifest in the form of legal and financial sanctions, alongside a broader targeted deterrence and education effort; and

  • The creation of victim-centered responses with comprehensive trauma informed services for those attempting to exit the life, and for those active in the life.  

The City of Boston is moving toward this approach through its CEASE Boston Initiative. CEASE stands for Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation and Boston is one of twelve U.S. jurisdictions that have been working since 2015 to end commercial sexual exploitation.  “The Boston Police Department has played a lead role in CEASE Boston efforts since 2015.” says Commissioner Gross, “Through this collaborative work, the need for all sectors and partners to join us in our efforts to reduce demand for paid sex is evident. It is time for us as a city to recognize prostituted persons as vulnerable human beings who need compassion, support and services - not arrest and marginalization”. 

Officers Arrest Male in Downtown Boston for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm After Breaking Into a Motor Vehicle

 

At about 8:51 PM on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, Officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 181 North Washington Street, Boston. 

Upon arrival, officers met with a witness who had observed the suspect, later identified as Michael O’Leary, 34, of Somerville, trying to open several car door handles and rummaging through one of the unattended motor vehicles.  While attempting to pull the male out of vehicle the witness observed a brown firearm in a black holster fall out of the suspects jacket pocket.  

Officers located a brown firearm in a black holster on top of the snow a few feet away. The inside of the motor vehicle was in disarray, with various items scattered throughout the front seat while the middle armrest compartment was completely left open. Officers retrieved a loaded magazine and three rounds of ammunition from within the motor vehicle. 

Michael O’Leary was arrested and charged with the following: Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Nighttime, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

 O’Leary will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

BPD Officers Arrest Store Clerk for Unlawful Sale of Marijuana Cigarettes and Edibles in South Boston

BPD Officers Arrest Store Clerk for Unlawful Sale of Marijuana Cigarettes and Edibles in South Boston: Acting on several community complaints and concerns relative to the unlawful sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles out of the King Smoke Shop at 600 East Broadway Street in South Boston, detectives assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) with help from both the District C-6 (South Boston) and District A-1 (Downtown) Drug Control Units initiated an investigation to better understand the facts and circumstances fueling the concerns. As a result of the investigation, which included undercover purchases of marijuana inside the store, officers were able to accumulate sufficient evidence and cause to charge two employees of the establishment with the unlawful sale of marijuana. On today’s date, Monday, February 11, 2019, an officer working in an undercover capacity entered the establishment and purchased several marijuana cigarettes.

In light of the illegal purchases, investigators arrested Saqib Imran, 38, of Brockton and charged him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana). Additionally, officers charged the owner of the store, Tanveer Shah, 61, of Bellingham with Possession with Intent to Distribute both a Class D Drug (Marijuana) and a Class C Drug (THC). Soon after the arrests, a search warrant was obtained in order to properly quantify and catalogue the store’s illegal marijuana inventory. During the search, officers were able to locate and confiscate multiple marijuana cigarettes and marijuana-infused edibles and candies.

 Specifically, officers recovered the following:

  • Over 60 bags of edible Marijuana candies

  • 67 vials of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

  • 26 Moon Rock Marijuana candy containers

  • 95 Marijuana cigarettes

  • Over $1,000 in US Currency

Both individuals are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, February, 12, 2019 in South Boston District Court.