At about 7:55 PM on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest during a traffic stop in the area of Geneva Avenue and Olney Street in Dorchester. Officers had stopped a motor vehicle for an illegal U-turn when they learned that the operator, Maurice Watkins-Cundiff, 26, of Brockton, did not possess a driver’s license. Officers removed the operator and placed him in custody without incident at which time they asked the remaining occupants to exit the vehicle. As the front seat passenger got out, he informed the officers that he was in possession of a firearm. Officers quickly secured the passenger, later identified as Jovani Miranda, 27, of Dorchester, at which time they recovered a loaded .357 Rossi revolver with an obliterated serial number from the inside pocket of the suspect’s coat. The suspect was then placed in custody without further incident.
Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court for arraignment. Miranda will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. Watkins-Cundiff will be charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.