Within a five hour span, as a result of stepped up patrols and increased focus on areas and individuals believed to be involved in either drug or gang-related activities, the Boston Police Department was able to see and seize three illegal firearms. The recently seized firearms bring the total number of firearms seized in the City of Boston this year (2014) to 56. The total number of illegal firearms taken off city streets in 2013 was 667.
The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:
Incident #1: At about 5:55pm, on Friday, February 7, 2014, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force arrested an individual carrying an illegal firearm in the area of Harvard & Walk Hill Streets. Officers were conducting an investigation into a complaint received relative to an individual known to be in possession of an illegal firearm when officers observed the aforementioned suspect, as a passenger in a motor vehicle, travelling along Harvard Street. Upon seeing the suspect, officers stopped the motor vehicle. While approaching the car, officers observed the suspect, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, moving and shifting in such a way as if to suggest he was trying to conceal or hide something – possibly a firearm. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers quickly moved in and removed the suspect from the car. With the suspect out of the vehicle, officers immediately observed and located a firearm lying on the seat of the vehicle where the suspect had been sitting. Officers promptly took possession of the firearm.
Officers arrested Steve Stephen, 23, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.
Incident #2: At about 7:00pm, on Friday, February 7, 2014, members of the Area B Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were monitoring the Grove Hall section of Dorchester for drug activity when officers observed what they believed to be a drug transaction in the area of Blue Hill Ave. After witnessing the transaction, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the car in the area of Walnut Park & Washington Street. While approaching the vehicle, officers observed and noted that there were three occupants inside the car with one passenger occupying the back seat. Seeing that the rear seat passenger was holding an undisclosed amount of US Currency in his hands, officers asked this individual to exit the motor vehicle in an effort to further investigate their earlier observations related to the drug transaction. As the suspect was exiting the motor vehicle, officers promptly observed and located a firearm lying on the floor of the vehicle where the suspect had been sitting. When asked to produce a license to carry a firearm, the suspect stated that he could not.
Officers arrested Daquan Dooley, 24, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug.
Incident #3: At about 10:45pm, on Friday, February 7, 2014, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force arrested an individual found carrying an illegal firearm in the area of Bird & Sayward Streets in Dorchester. While on patrol in the area of Glendale Street, officers observed a black SUV travelling a high rate of speed in the area of Glendale Street & Columbia Road. Seeing this, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) in an effort to stop the car. After stopping the car in the area of Bird & Sayward Streets, officers approached the vehicle to speak to the operator of the car. When asked to produce his license and registration, the operator quickly stated to the officers that the car was a rental and – since he was not the one who rented the car – his name did not appear on the agreement. While the operator was explaining this situation, officers observed – in plain sight – three individually packaged bags of what looked to be marijuana. Since the operator was not on the rental agreement, he had no formal or legal permission to drive the car. Consequently, the suspect was then taken into custody for using a car without authority. A search of the motor vehicle after the legal arrest enabled officers to locate a loaded firearm in the console of the vehicle.
Officers arrested and charged John Gomes, 29, of Boston with the Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on Public Way.