A close friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing case, appeared in federal court Tuesday on charges of heroin trafficking and possessing a Ruger pistol in early 2013, the same model alleged to have been used in the shooting of MIT police Officer Sean Collier days after the bombings.
The US attorney’s office in Boston, which brought the charges, declined to say if the arrest of Stephen Silva, 21, who went to Cambridge Rindge and Latin with Tsarnaev and worked alongside him as a lifeguard at the Harvard University pool, is related to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. Details of the gun case remain unknown, and law enforcement officials would not comment.
A grand jury indicted Silva a week ago; however, he was not arrested until Monday night at his family’s Cambridge apartment.
He is being held by federal authorities and is due back in court Aug. 6.
Most of the charges against Silva relate to conspiracy to distribute heroin and cite six dates last month when he allegedly possessed and attempted to sell the drug in Medford.
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