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Roxbury man faces drug and gun charges after car stop

A Roxbury man with prior gun convictions is facing new charges after he was arrested with a loaded gun and a bag of suspected crack, officials said Thursday.

Silas Rankins, 20, was a passenger in a car that was stopped Wednesday on Howland Street in Dorchester, according to Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. Police searched Rankins and said they discovered a bag containing what appeared to be crack cocaine, and a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun loaded with five rounds of ammunition, and with its safety off, Wark said. The serial number on the gun had been defaced, according to Wark.

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Rankins faces charges of carrying a loaded gun without a license, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a Class B substance, resisting arrest, and not wearing a seat belt, Wark said in a statement. Rankins, who was convicted of armed assault with intent to murder with a dangerous weapon in 2001 and illegal firearm possession in 1999 and 2000, was also charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm as an armed career criminal, Wark said, which would increase the overall severity of his possible punishment.

He was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Roxbury District Court. He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 8.

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@globe.com
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