Boston police arrested a Dorchester man they said is a street gang member on gun charges late Tuesday, authorities said.
Officers were patrolling near the Morton Street housing development in Dorchester about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, when they noticed a group lingering on Woodgate Street, police said.
The officers saw a man, later identified as 21-year-old Angel Calderon, inside a car idling on that street, police said.
Police approached the vehicle and allegedly saw an open container of alcohol in the center console of the vehicle, as well as a passenger rolling what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette.
Officers ordered Calderon, the driver, to step out of the car and pat-frisked him. They allegedly found a loaded black-and-brown semiautomatic .380-caliber Llama “Especial” handgun with an obliterated serial number in his right front pocket, police said.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans praised the officers involved in the arrest.
“This is a significant arrest for the police and the city. Thanks to the diligent work of the police officers, their attention to detail, and their ability to get to know the people in the community we have one less gun and one less person willing to use that gun on our streets. Every time we can take a gun and an offender off the street, it makes Boston safer,” Evans said in a statement.
Calderon was convicted on gun charges in West Roxbury in 2012 as well, said Suffolk district attorney’s spokesman Jake Wark.
Calderon pleaded not guilty in Dorchester District Court Wednesday to unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, carrying a loaded firearm, and operating a motor vehicle without a license, according to Wark.
He was held on $20,000 cash bail. The judge ordered him, if he posts bail, to wear a GPS monitoring device, abide by a curfew, and stay away from the area where the incident occurred, Wark said.
Officers also arrested the passenger in the car, a 17-year-old Mattapan man. He pleaded not guilty to possession of Class C drugs with intent to distribute, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest. He was held on $250 cash bail with the same conditions.
His name was not released because he is a minor.
Both men are to return to court May 22, Wark said.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp