Keeping Boston Safe: At about 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made four onsite arrests and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Rutherford Avenue and Old Rutherford avenue in Charlestown. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with no inspection sticker. Officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and conducted a traffic stop. Officer’s spoke to the operator who provided a license. A query of the operator’s license led officers to the discovery that the license was in fact suspended. Officers learned that none of the four occupants were licensed operators, with each of the passengers only having an identification card. At this time, officers made the determination to tow the motor vehicle due to none of the occupants being licensed. Each of the occupants were removed from the motor vehicle. While removing one of the rear passengers, officers recovered two bags of marijuana and a Springfield XD .40 caliber firearm loaded with ten rounds of live ammunition, which had fallen from the male’s waistband to his ankle. The passenger was taken into custody. Additionally, officers located a backpack containing a digital scale, two plastic bags, one containing 26 pills believed to be ecstasy and the other containing 78 pills believed to be Xanax. Officers also recovered an undisclosed amount of US Currency as well as additional plastic bags containing marijuana. All four occupants were taken into custody.
Officers arrested Ashley Saintus, 21-years-old, of Dorchester, Youcef Benarba, 25-years-old, of Chestnut Hill, Pierre Diamondez, 21-years-old, of Hyde Park, and Romario Sanchez, 19-years-old, of Dorchester. All are expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court. Saintus is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C Drugs Subsequent Offense, Possession of Class B Drugs, Possession of Class C Drugs, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Benarba is charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Diamondez is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Sanchez is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.