One Less Gun: Officers Recover Illegal Firearm, Ammunition and Six Ounces of Marijuana After Interrupting Drug Deal in Jamaica Plain

At about 9:10 PM on Saturday July 2, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 934 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain.  The officers were on directed patrol inside the Bromley Heath Housing Development in response to numerous complaints from the community regarding recent gang and drug related activities in the area.  When the officers observed a group loitering in a common area of one of the buildings, they approached to speak with them.  As the officers were speaking to the group, a person who was known to them, Andre Raper, 23, of Jamaica Plain, walked out of an apartment with a small bag of marijuana in his hand which he quickly put in his pocket upon seeing the officers.  It was later determined that the suspect was about to sell drugs to one of the men in the hallway but the presence of the officers interrupted the transaction.  Officers performed a pat frisk of the suspect and discovered a one ounce bag of marijuana and several small bags packaged for sale.  The suspect was then placed in custody without incident.  Once in custody, the suspect informed the officers that there were more drugs inside the apartment and a firearm hidden inside a Louis Vuitton bag.  With the consent and assistance of the suspect, the officers were able to recover five additional ounces of marijuana and a Colt D.A. 33 revolver along with several loose rounds of ammunition.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.