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Boston police seize 5 illegal guns in less than 24 hours

Boston police seized five illegal firearms in less than 24 hours this week, police said.

“These are quality gun seizures,” Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. “All four of these incidents were officer-initiated which shows me that my officers are out there working hard and being proactive in taking illegal guns out of the hands of those who may jeopardize the safety of our city’s neighborhoods.”

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Just after 2 a.m. Thursday, officers patrolling in Mattapan seized a loaded black handgun from a Thetford Avenue apartment building after a pizza deliveryman reported being robbed at gunpoint at the address. The gun and a mask were taken as evidence. Boston police continue to investigate, police said.

Police allegedly spotted a loaded sawed-off shotgun while speaking with a group of men on Everton Street in Dorchester at about 2 p.m Thursday. One of the men, a 16-year-old, punched an officer in the face after the officer saw the gun. He was taken into custody along with 20-year-old Bobby L. Leslie, of Dorchester, who allegedly could not produce a proper license for the gun, police said.

Officers in Mattapan saw two men crouched behind a car on McLellan Street at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. After seeing the police, the two men allegedly ran. Officers chased them and eventually recovered two illegal firearms, and illegal narcotics, police said.

Christopher Henry, 25, of Mattapan and Dwayne Leaston-Brown,24, of Dorchester were arrested, police said.

Just after midnight Friday, officers in Mattapan saw a vehicle driving with its headlights off near Blue Hill Avenue. They stopped the car, walked up to it, and allegedly saw that a passenger was trying to hide a white plastic bag under his seat.

Officers found a loaded firearm and illegal narcotics in the bag. Dakwain Nwaford, 22, of Roxbury and Ka’Refi Hillery,18, of Dorchester were arrested.

Boston police have taken 275 illegal firearms and recovered over 10,000 rounds of ammunition from the streets this year. In 2013, 667 guns were seized, police said.

“I want to commend my officers for the great work they are doing,” Evans said in the statement.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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