Safer Boston: Multi-Agency Effort by the BPD Officers and ATF Boston Leads to the Arrest of 17 Individuals on Gang, Gun and Drug Related Charges and the Confiscation of 22 Guns

In a multi-agency effort, dubbed Operation Hanover, created to make our city safer by identifying and targeting gang-involved individuals fueling gun-related violence in our community, today, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives Boston apprehended 17 individuals on gun and gang related activities. Those arrested had ties to area gangs in Boston and the violent actions and behavior commonly associated with gang affiliation. The investigation enabled officers to confiscate 22 firearms, significant amounts of drugs including Heroin and Cocaine and close to $200,000 in US Currency.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “There is no question that today’s arrests and the confiscation of 22 firearms makes our streets and neighborhoods safer. I want to commend my officers for the courage and conviction that they unfailing display and put forth everyday in their ongoing efforts to make our city one of the safest big cities in America. Because of their efforts, 17 individuals responsible for driving the violence in our city are behind bars and, hopefully, second guessing their decision to get involved in gang related activities in the first place." And, to those still out there who think it’s okay to pick up a gun, today’s arrests should serve as a message and warning that the men and women of the Boston Police Department will not tolerate gang related violence and those who cause it.”

In June of 2017, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office indicted seventeen (17) individuals on a total of 98 charges. Nine of these individuals have been indicted for the Illegal Sales or Trafficking in Firearms while the remaining individuals have been indicted for drug sales. Arrest warrants were executed on June 13, 2017 and June 14, 2017.

The following individuals have been charged:

  • Edward Velasquez, 25, Trafficking Firearms
  • Rohan Anderson, 26, Trafficking Firearms
  • Keimode Crockett, 22, Trafficking Firearms
  • Jeramie Croft, 33, Trafficking Firearms, Distribution Class A Drugs
  • Charod Taylor, 28, Distribution Class B Drugs
  • Christopher Jones, 38, Distribution Class A and Class B Drugs and Unlawful Firearm Possession
  • Lawrence Andrade, 26, Distribution Class D Drugs
  • Sergio Figueroa-Collazo, 21, Trafficking Firearms
  • Takari Elliot, 25, Trafficking Class B Drugs
  • Hector Gonzalez, 22, Trafficking Firearms
  • Alfredo Velasquez, 22, Trafficking Firearms
  • Mervyn Innis, 33, Trafficking Firearms
  • Maria Barbosa, 28, Distribution Class B Drugs
  • Wayne Rogers, 52, Distribution Class B Drugs
  • Jose Rosa, 35, Distribution Class A and Class B Drugs
  • Tony Burt, 50, Distribution Class B Drugs
  • Juvenile Male, 17, Trafficking Firearms