Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Male Suspect on Drug and Weapon Charges in the Back Bay

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ONE LESS GUN: On Friday, April 5, 2019, officers assigned to the District D-4 (South End) Drug Control Unit were conducting an undercover drug investigation in the area of Copley Square when officers observed the suspect, Rashjeem Benson, 36 of Boston, engaged in what appeared a drug transaction.

Specifically, officers observed Benson selling Class B Drugs (Crack Cocaine) in the area of 885 Boylston Street.

After observing the transaction, officers approached Benson and, after identifying themselves as Boston Police Officers, asked if he was dealing illegal drugs. Benson immediately became uncooperative and refused to comply with the officer’s commands to place his hands behind his back. After a lengthy struggle, officers were able to handcuff and subdue Benson. A search revealed a loaded .44 caliber revolver (see photo) that was later determined stolen out of Nashua, New Hampshire on March 11, 2019.

Benson is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Distribution of Class B Drugs (Crack), Resisting Arrest, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Police Officer and Receiving Stolen Property.

Benson is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court