Boston police took two illegal guns off the street today, marking the 91st and 92nd seizures of the year, police said.
A 26-year-old Dorchester man was arrested after he was found carrying an illegal firearm on Castlegate Road in Dorchester.
Officers in the area saw an illegally parked car at about 11 a.m. today. When they approached the car, they saw three men they believed to be smoking marijuana, police said.
Officers recognized the three men as having gang ties. They observed several plastic bags containing a green leafy substance in plain sight, police said.
Police asked the men to exit the car and conducted a pat frisk. They felt what appeared to be the grip of a handgun in Wesner Theodore’s waistband.
Officers took possession of a Amadeo Rossi .38-caliber handgun and placed Theodore under arrest.
He is being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Authorities said this is the fifth time Theodore has been arrested on illegal gun possession charges and he has two prior gun charge convictions.
A 23-year-old Boston man was also arrested today in Jamaica Plain on illegal gun and drug charges, police said.
Syrus Hampton is being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession with intent to distribute Class A and Class B drugs, police said.
Officers arrested Hampton at about noon today as part of an ongoing drug investigation on Forest Hills Street in Jamaica Plain, police said. Police had received many complaints about drug activity in the area, they said.
Officers found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, five rounds of live ammunition, five plastic bags of heroin, five plastic bags of crack, and five plastic bags of cocaine in Hampton’s possession, police said.
Both men are to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Tuesday.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp