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Guns recovered in Dorchester; 5 charged

Boston police arrested five men and recovered four handguns and a rifle in Dorchester on Friday night and early Saturday morning, authorities said.

The men included James Edwards, 22; Jesor Brown, 19; Jesus Gonzalez, 23; and Lino Cook, 22, all of Dorchester; along with Rickie Thompson, 29, of Mattapan.

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The five pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Dorchester District Court Monday to assorted gun and drug charges, said the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

The arrests began when officers with a search warrant entered the Topliff Street apartment of Edwards, Brown, and Gonzalez at about 7 p.m. on Friday, prosecutors said. Police suspected that Brown was carrying a weapon, and a pat down found a 9mm pistol, said Conley’s office.

A search of the apartment revealed another handgun, a rifle, and marijuana prepared for sale in the bedrooms of Edwards and Gonzalez and in another resident’s room, prosecutors said.

Thompson and Cook were arrested after they allegedly ran a series of red lights and refused to stop for police at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, prosectutors said.

Members of the Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force attempted to stop Thompson’s sport utility vehicle, in which Cook was a passenger, for an inspection sticker violation and failure to stop at a stop sign in the area of New England Avenue and Norfolk Street, Conley’s office said.

The vehicle allegedly ran several traffic lights and items were allegedly thrown out of the SU V’s window before officers stopped the car, the district attorney’s office said.

An area search revealed a .22-caliber handgun inside a sock and the magazine nearby, officials said.

Thompson and Cook have prior gun offenses.

Thompson was also issued a civil citation for a small bag of marijuana in his pants pockets Saturday morning, prosecutors said.

Also early Saturday, a car with a broken window was found near the site where Thompson and Cook were arrested. When the owner opened the trunk for officers, police discovered a silver 9mm semiautomatic handgun partially hidden inside another sock.

The district attorney’s office said that the vehicle’s owner claimed that the firearm did not belong to her. Police are investigating how the gun got in her car. The weapon was confiscated, but the woman was not detained.

Jennifer Smith can be reached at jennifer.smith@globe.com.
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