Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Drug Control Unit Seizes Over 600 Grams of Heroin in Roxbury

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KEEPING BOSTON SAFE: In ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston while targeting those who engage in the trafficking of illegal narcotics, members of the District C-6 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit seized a significant quantity of illegal drugs in Roxbury earlier today. At about 1:06pm, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, officers executed a search warrant in the area of 389 Dudley Street in Roxbury. As a result of the search, officers confiscated over 600 grams of a Class A Drug (Heroin), over $4,000 in US Currency and various items commonly associated with illegal drug transactions including plastic baggies and digital scales. Additionally, officers charged Jose Ramon Moto, 29, of Boston with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Heroin).  

BPD in the Community: PAL and BPD Officers Take Several Junior Police Academy Recruits to an Afternoon of Bowling

Earlier this week, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) and District D-14 (Brighton) escorted several young recruits from the BPD Junior Police Academy to Boston Bowl for fun filled day which included video games, air hockey, and of course, plenty of bowling. Special thanks, as always, to the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League for making it all happen - both the youngsters and the officers had a great time!

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Two Suspects in Custody Following Two Separate Breaking and Entering Incidents in One Day

Incident #1: At 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a Breaking and Entering in progress in the area of Border Street in East Boston. Upon arrival officers spoke with multiple witnesses who stated a male wearing a red t-shirt and shorts was seen entering a residence on Border Street, exit carrying a plastic bag, and then changing into a grey t-shirt at a nearby construction site. Officers were informed by witnesses that the male was "seen around and goes by the name of 'Chris'". Additionally, witnesses advised officers of a backpack, belonging to the male, left inside the construction site and a pry bar missing from the same area the backpack was left in. Witnesses saw the male exit the construction site and walk "very quickly" on Lexington Street towards Meridian Street. After officers were advised of the male's direction of flight, officers canvassed the nearby intersections. At the intersection of Lexington and Meridian Streets officers observed a male in a grey t-shirt and blue shorts carrying a plastic bag with a visible red t-shirt inside. The Officers approached the male and asked his name, to which he replied "Chris". After further canvassing of the scene, officer observed pry marks on the side of the window of the residence, and a blue pry bar left in the vicinity.

The suspect Christopher Sullo, 45, of Nahant was placed under arrest without incident. Sullo will be charged with Attempted Burglary, Larceny, Possession of Burglarious Tools and Trespassing. Sullo will be arraigned in East Boston District Court.

Incident #2: At 11:42 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a Breaking and Entering in the area of Kingbird Road in Mattapan. Upon arrival, officers gained access to surveillance video and observed a male breaking into an office in the building and removing a safe. After collecting additional information officers were able to identify the suspect in the surveillance video, and discover his place of residence. The suspect Vernon Purvis, 57, of Boston was located, recognized from the surveillance video and placed under arrest without incident. Davis will be charged with Burglary and Forced Entry. Purvis will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

BPD in the Community: Good Will and Great Smiles in High Supply at Final Night of National Night Out!!!

BPD IN THE COMMUNITY: National Night Out concluded successfully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Enjoy additional photos from night 2, of the two day event, that was created to acknowledge and celebrate the partnerships that exist between the community and the Boston Police Department. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William G. Gross traveled to East Boston, Chinatown, South End, North End, South Boston and Dorchester. The Crime Watch award was presented to a group of dog owners in the North End — and their dogs! The final stop of the night concluded with gifts of T-shirts to the mothers of Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross from the "Older and Bolder" drumming group in Dorchester.

We wholeheartedly thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their continued help and support of the men and women of the Boston Police Department, it is greatly appreciated. Together we make our community safer!!!

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018 COMING TO BOSTON! Monday, August 6, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 2018

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The 35th Annual National Night Out Boston, a 2-day citywide celebration that will visit 12 individual neighborhoods across the City of Boston over a 48 hour period, kicks off tomorrow, Monday, August 6, 2018 and concludes Tuesday, August 7, 2018. For those not familiar with National Night Out, it's an acknowledgement and national celebration of the partnerships that exist between communities and police departments all across the country. As in year's past, Mayor Walsh will be travelling all over the city to thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their help and support of the men and women of the BPD.

A motorcade of officials led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Commissioner William G. Gross will be visiting six designated sites per evening for community crime watch celebrations — one in each police district. Along every stop, awards will be presented to the Top Crime Watch Group in each neighborhood and the Crimefighter of the Year (an individual for their year-round efforts in assisting the Boston Police Department).

Residents of Boston and members of the Boston Police Department will enjoy free admission, food, games, and entertainment. Attendees are invited to visit sponsor tables including The Boston Police Foundation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Boston Centers for Youth & Families and a host of others, including local non-profits, who have worked so hard to make this event the special occasion it has become.

EVERY BOSTON RESIDENT IS URGED TO SWITCH ON THEIR OUTSIDE LIGHTS FOR THE EVENINGS TO DEMONSTRATE OUR UNITED COMMUNITY EFFORT AGAINST CRIME.

Event locations are as follows along with the estimated time of arrival of the cavalcade:

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018, locations:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM   Brighton (D-14) - Brighton Commons (Academy Hill Rd/Chestnut Hill Avenue)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM   Hyde Park (E-18) – Iacona Field (Readville Street & Milton Street) 
  • 5:15 - 5:45 PM   Roslindale (E-5) – Adams Park (Washington Street & Cummins Highway)
  • 6:00 - 6:40 PM   Jamaica Plain (E-13) – Mildred Hailey Apartments (90 Bickford Street)
  • 6:50 - 7:30 PM   Mattapan (B-3) – Almont Park (40 Almont Street)  
  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM   Roxbury (B-2) – Marcella Playground (235 Marcella Street)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 3:45 PM   East Boston (A-7) – Lopresti Park (33 Sumner Street)
  • 4:15 - 4:45 PM   Chinatown (A-1) - Tai Tung Village, Chinatown
  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM   South End (D-4) – Castle Square (Tremont Street)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM   North End (A-1)  – DeFillipo Park (Prince Street)
  • 6:45 - 7:15 PM   South Boston (C-6) - Moakley Park (Columbia Road)
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM   Dorchester (C-11) - Town field Park (Dorchester Avenue & Park)

Super Vigilant Police Cadet Proves His Weight in Gold during Arrest of Liquor Store Robber on District A-7 in East Boston  

Super Vigilant Police Cadet Proves His Weight in Gold during Arrest of Liquor Store Robber in East Boston: For those unfamiliar with police jargon or call sign protocols within the Boston Police Department, every district station across the city has its own call sign. For example, officers who work at District E-13 in Jamaica Plain are known as ‘Jake’ units while officers assigned to District A-7 in East Boston are called ‘Gold’ units. Accordingly, a Boston Police Cadet assigned to District A-7 would be referred to as a Gold Cadet. Which brings us to our latest example of great police work and an incident involving a Gold Cadet in East Boston who is now being praised and credited for a gold-medal worthy response that led to the arrest of a suspect who may have gotten away with his crime were not for the quick response and composure-filled guidance of District A-7’s Gold Cadet. The facts and circumstances surrounding the original call are as follows: At about 9:30PM, on Friday, July 27, 2018, a Boston Police Cadet assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), herein referred to as the Gold Cadet, was in the area of 11 Bennington Street when he observed a white male wearing a light-colored shirt, baseball hat and black backpack sprint out of a liquor store juggling and clutching onto to several bottles of liquor. The Gold Cadet promptly approached an employee of the liquor store who confirmed to him that the individual seen running out of the store had, in fact, just stolen several bottles of liquor.

Sensing a golden opportunity to make his community safer, the Gold Cadet, quickly keyed the mic on his police radio and alerted officers in the area of the robbery, the suspect’s description and direction of flight. A short time later, thanks to the Gold Cadet’s good-as-gold broadcast, the suspect,a 36-year-old male from Boston, was apprehended in the area of 272 Meridian Street.

The suspect, who was issued a summons for Shoplifting, is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court at a later date. In the meantime, for his gold standard calm and composure while responding to a crime in progress, we offer thanks and praise to District A-7’s Gold Cadet.  

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Drug Control officers execute search warrants and recover 30 grams of Fentanyl, other drugs from Dorchester apartment

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At about 4:30 AM today, Friday, July 13, 2018, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit and the Citywide Drug Control Unit, with the assistance of the BPD SWAT Team, executed two warrants issued out of Roxbury District Court for the suspect, 48-year-old female Barbara Delgado-Ocasio of Dorchester, and for an apartment in the area of 99 Lawrence Avenue, Dorchester.

Officers made entry into the apartment and found Delgado-Ocasio, 48-year-old Jose Rivera of Dorchester, a 20-year-old female, and two juveniles. Upon execution of the warrant, officers located and seized the following:

  • $8,573.00 in US currency
  • Approximately 30 grams of Fentanyl
  • 599 Oxycodone pills
  • Various documents in the names of Barbara Delgado and Jose Rivera
  • Multiple blenders and a scale
  • Multiple bottles of Lactose (used as a cutting agent for drugs)  

As a result of the investigation, officers placed the two suspects, Delgado-Ocasio and Rivera, under arrest and charged them with Trafficking Class A Drugs (Fentanyl) and Trafficking Class B Drugs (Oxycodone). Both suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

BPD in the Community: Kids from the PAL Junior Police Academy Enjoy a Private Duck Boat Tour of Boston

Yesterday, on Tuesday July 10, 2018, children from Districts C-11 (Dorchester) and A-7 (East Boston) participating in the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL) Junior Police Academy joined our officers for a ride around Boston by land and by sea on a private Duck Boat Tour. There were plenty of smiles aboard as the Junior Officers made their way out onto the Charles River where they each got a chance to take the wheel. We’re happy that the children and our officers were able to enjoy a fun filled day in the city!

 

BPD in the Community: Kids from the PAL Junior Police Academy Enjoy a Fun Filled Day Bowling with Boston Police

On Monday, July 09, 2018, children from Districts C-11 (Dorchester) and A-7 (East Boston) participated in the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL) Junior Police Academy. The children enjoyed an exciting day at Boston Bowl where they ate pizza, played video games, and bowled a couple strings. They rounded out the day with a tour of Boston Police 911 Command Center.  It truly makes our day to see the face of a happy, smiling child!

BPD Investigators Charge Suspect in Connection to Explosion at 88 Webster Street in East Boston

 

BPD Investigators Charge Suspect in Connection to Explosion at 88 Webster Street in East Boston: At about 12:40am, on Sunday, July 8, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a building fire/explosion at 88 Webster Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers observed a residential building with major internal and structural damage caused by what was later determined to be an explosion. The tenant living on the second floor of the building, later identified Tomas Mikula, was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Prior to his being transported from the scene, Mr. Mikula stated that the explosion had originated in his apartment. While conducting a protective sweep of the Mr. Mikula’s residence for safety purposes, members of the Boston Police Bomb Squad observed, in plain view, evidence of materials commonly associated with the creation of an explosive device. In light of the aforementioned observations, a search warrant was executed to better understand the cause of the explosion. As a result of the search warrant, Boston Police Detectives, with assistance from agents assigned to the FBI and ATF, were able to locate and confiscate materials commonly used to construct a home-made explosive device including PVC tubing and chemical compounds. Additionally, officers located and confiscated two handguns, a rifle, and over a hundred round of live ammunition.

The suspect, Tomas Mikula, 28, of Boston is charged with the following:

  • Unlawful Possession of Explosives.
  • Unlawful Possession of an Incendiary Device
  • Willful Ignition/Discharge of a Destructive or Incendiary Device
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Handgun)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Rifle)
  • Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
  • Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Firearm

Great Work Recognized: Officers from District A-7 Receive Commissioner’s Commendation for Using Great Restraint in Subduing a Man with a Knife

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Officers Giardina, Hernandez and Kamel responded to a call for a person with a knife at an apartment in the area of Princeton Street, East Boston.  On arrival officers met a man who stated his son was in his bedroom with a knife.  The officers conducted a protective sweep and announced their presence.  When officers ordered the male subject to make himself visible, he complied and walked from the bedroom into the kitchen.  The male subject was holding a knife in his right hand and his shirt was covered in blood.  The officers gave repeated commands for the male subject to drop the knife, but instead he advanced toward the officers, refusing to drop the knife and yelled, “you’re going to have to shoot me!”  The officers continued to order the suspect to drop the knife, but he refused.

Officer Giardina was positioned behind Officers Kamel and Hernandez and was able to reach over their shoulders and administer OC spray to the male subject facial area which caused the him to drop the knife.

The officers were met by a subject with a long history of violent outbursts against his family and against responding officers from District A-7 (East Boston).  In one prior incident the male subject displayed a hatchet. In another incident the male subject was trying to strike himself with a large glass mirror. 

The officers used great restraint in all of these incidents, taking control of this most recent incident and calling for assistance for this emotionally disturbed person.

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

Boston Police Department and MassHousing Partner Together and Introduce a New and Innovative Community Collaborative Model to Boston

The Boston Police Department and MassHousing have partnered together over the past 10 months to strategize, develop and introduce a new and innovative community collaborative model to Boston, known internationally as Community Safety and Well Being (CSWB).

During the week of June 18, 2018, Global Network for Community Safety, a Canadian-based firm of the models architects, will visit Boston to train police officers, community partners, city agencies, non-profits, health organizations and residents, on the theory and framework of the Hub Model of risk driven collaboration and how it relates to Community Safety and Well Being for Boston.

The first meeting was held today, Monday, June 18, 2018 for the local Systems Leaders and sets the stage for the Community Safety and Well Being initiative. Global Network will also provide practical training for direct service providers in Jamaica Plain and East Boston on the implementation of a Hub Table in their neighborhood on Tuesday, June 19th, Wednesday, June 20th, and Thursday, June 21st.

Missing Person Alert: Jeffery Cooper

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to locate Jeffery Cooper who was last seen in the area of 38 Border Street in East Boston on Friday on June 9, 2018. Jeffery is described as a 23-year-old black male, standing about 6’00” with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a Celtics baseball cap, prescription eyeglasses with a gray, white and black shirt, blue jeans, gray sneakers and carrying a a gray backpack. Jeffery is autistic and is not verbally responsive. Jeffery has been reported missing in the past but usually returns safely after two or three days. Jeffery is known to utilize the MBTA and may be in the area of Maverick Square. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jeffery Cooper is advised to contact 911 or District C-11 (East Boston) Detectives at (617) 343-4234.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 800 Border Street in East Boston

 

At about 11:53 PM, on Friday, June 1, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a 9-1-1 call for shots fired in the area of 800 Border Street in East Boston. On arrival the officers located an adult male victim, who has since been identified as Taquise Johnson, 29, of Boston, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced on scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

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

Death Investigation in the area of 800 Border Street in East Boston

 

At about 11:53 PM on Friday, June 1, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 800 Border Street, East Boston. On arrival the officers located a 29-year-old male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

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

BPD in the Community: Coffee with a Cop Stops by the Americano Espresso Bar in East Boston

BPD in the Community: To everybody who stopped by #CoffeeWithaCop at the Americano Espresso Bar located at 155 Meridian Street in East Boston, we say, “Thank you for helping us make Boston one of the safest big cities in America.” Our officers had a wonderful time hearing your concerns, shaking hands, serving up pastry and making new friends and allies in our ongoing efforts to protect and serve our fine city. This summer, as in summers past, the men and women of the BPD will be hosting Coffee with a Cop gatherings all over the city with the sole goal of building better relationships, trust and familiarity with the people who count on us to keep them safe. Your safety is our highest priority.   

BPD Community Alert: BPD Officers Arrest Individual on Four Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery in East Boston

BPD Community Alert: BPD Officers Arrest Individual on Four Counts of Indecent Assault and Battery in East Boston

At about 4:30pm, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a report of an indecent assault and battery at 343 Saratoga Street (Kennedy Elementary School) in East Boston. On arrival, officers arrested Nicholas Speller, 31, of Malden and charged him with four counts of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14. Speller is scheduled to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Thursday, May 17, 2018.   

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is encouraging anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit at (617) 343-6183.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation 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.