One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm, Drugs during Search Warrant in Charlestown

At about 5:15 PM on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, while conducting surveillance in District A-15 (Charlestown), members of the City Wide Drug Control Unit armed with an arrest warrant and a search warrant, made an onsite arrest after observing a hand-to-hand drug transaction. The buyer, 51-year-old John Brassil, Jr. of Charlestown, was arrested and charged with Possession of Class B Drugs.

At about 6:15 PM that same evening, officers attempted to execute both warrants in the area of 129 Walford Way, Charlestown, where they were met by a combative female who made aggressive attempts to impede the officers’ entry into the apartment, despite the officers' display of both warrants. Officers eventually made their way to the suspect’s bedroom and upon entering observed the suspect attempting to flee the building through an open window. After a struggle, officers were able to pull the target back inside the window and place him under arrest. Officers observed a hole in the otherwise untouched snow beneath the window. A search of this area revealed a loaded silver Cobra Model CA-380 firearm with a black handle and obliterated serial number. Also recovered as a result of the search warrant were 17 bags of heroin, a box of .380 ammunition, and over $700.00 in US paper currency.

Officers arrested 28-year-old Neil Gillis of Charlestown and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammuntion, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Possession of a Class B Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Substance (Heroin), and Distribution of Class B Substance.