Ignorance of the Law Is Never an Excuse

This morning around 12:15AM, officers from District D-14 (Allston/Brighton) arrested suspect, Heinstowsky Archer, 23 of Cambridge and charged him Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

Officers were on a traffic stop near the intersection of Harvard St. and Commonwealth Ave. when they observed a gray Honda Accord conduct a motor vehicle infraction.  Officers conducted a traffic stop of the motor vehicle and as they approached the car detected a strong odor of marijuana.  As officers were conducting the traffic stop, they observed the front passenger drop what appeared to be a firearm to the floor. Consequently all four occupants of the car were removed from the car and secured while officers further investigated the presence of the firearm. The firearm was determined to be a BB gun and while further investigating found that there was a stun gun next to the driver’s seat. The operator/suspect Archer was arrested after he told officers that the stun gun belonged to his girlfriend and that he did not know it was illegal.