One Less Gun: Loaded Firearm and Drugs Recovered After Traffic Stop Leads to Foot Pursuit in South Boston

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At about 11:15 PM on Friday September 7, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Robert Santos, 24, of Jamaica Plain on firearm, drug and motor vehicle related charges in the area of Moakley Park in South Boston. The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle that the suspect was operating for a traffic infraction in the area of Preble Street near Mohawk Street. As the officers were approaching the vehicle, it suddenly sped off towards Old Colony Avenue. The suspect vehicle then entered the parking lot of Moakley Park and came to an abrupt stop at which time the operator quickly exited the vehicle and took of running. Responding officers quickly arrived on scene and chased the suspect on foot across a baseball field, eventually placing him in custody after a brief struggle. Officers then recovered a loaded .380 caliber Glock 42 handgun which the suspect had discarded as he fled. Officers were also able to recover 32 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale from the suspect along with additional contraband from inside the recovered motor vehicle. The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Trafficking Class B Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B & C Drugs, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle