One Under Arrest and Stolen Firearm Recovered During Downtown Traffic Stop

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:40 PM on Friday, July 12, 2019, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Essex Street and Harrison Avenue Extension in Boston. While on patrol in the area of Beach Street and Washington Street in Boston, officers observed a motor vehicle with excessively dark tints, illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant. The vehicle then left the area and officers followed, continuing their observation of the vehicle. The vehicle sped up and crossed three lanes of traffic on Harrison Avenue Extension and officers followed, conducting a traffic stop. Before approaching the vehicle, officers observed the operator suddenly lean towards the passenger’s side of the motor vehicle as if he were reaching towards something. Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the operator, who was sweating and breathing heavily. Officers detected a strong odor of marijuana and observed several plastic cups in the cup holder containing alcohol. Officers removed the operator and the passenger from the vehicle. Officers subsequently located a 9mm Sig Sauer Firearm loaded with five rounds of live ammunition as well as six individual clear plastic bags containing marijuana from inside of the vehicle. The firearm was later discovered to have been stolen out of New Hampshire. The operator was taken into custody and the passenger was identified and released from the scene. 

Officers arrested Greg Altenor, 29-years-old, of Dorchester who is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs Subsequent Offense, and Receiving Stolen Property. Additionally, Altenor was issued a MA Uniform Citation for Possession of Open Container of Alcohol, Marked Lanes Violation, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Obstructed Windows.