Boston police arrested five men and seized nine illegal guns between 10:30 a.m. Friday and 1:30 a.m. Saturday, bringing the total number of firearms seized in the city this year to more than 100.
“I can’t say enough about the great work being done by the men and women of the Boston Police Department,” said Commissioner William Evans in a statement Saturday.
“Reducing violence in our neighborhoods starts with taking illegal guns off of our streets,” he said. “And thanks to our officers and their efforts over the past 15 hours, there are nine fewer guns in the hands of individuals who have otherwise shown a complete and utter disregard for the safety of others and the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”
The arrests and seizures came as a result of stepped-up patrols and an increased focus by police on areas and individuals believed to be involved in either drug- or gang-related activities, according to a release from the department.
Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, members of the Citywide Neighborhood Drug Control Unit, who were engaged in an ongoing investigation, recovered a backpack containing four firearms in a trash can at the corner of Thetford Avenue and Evans Street in Dorchester.
In addition to a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum, a Smith & Wesson .38 Special, a Colt .357 Magnum, and an Interarms .38 Special, police recovered a ballistic vest and a box of ammunition containing 46 live rounds, according to the release.
Around 7:10 p.m. Friday, officers in the same unit executed a search warrant in the area of 47 Topliff St., and arrested 19-year-old Jesor Brown of Roslindale, 22-year-old James Edwards of Dorchester, and 23-year-old Jesus Gonzalez of Dorchester on various firearm and drug charges, according to the release.
Police also recovered a loaded Star Arms 9mm, a loaded Beretta .380, a Ruger .22-caliber long rifle, 15 plastic bags of marijuana, one scale, and packaging.
Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the release, officers in the Youth Violence Strike Force on patrol stopped a car for motor vehicle violations in the area of Carmen and Radcliffe streets in Dorchester and found two guns: a Bryco Arms 9mm semiautomatic handgun and a Beretta .22-caliber handgun.
Police arrested 22-year-old Lino Cook of Dorchester and 29-year-old Rickie Thompson of Mattapan on motor vehicle violations, firearms charges, and warrants, according to the release.
Last year, police took 667 illegal guns off city streets, according to the release.