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    2 face weapons, drug dealing charges in Boston

    Two people will potentially face a grand jury on nine charges after allegedly dealing drugs while armed on Boylston Street in Boston’s downtown Monday afternoon.

    Jermaine Taylor, 28, of Newton, and Cheyenne Marshall, 18, of Hyde Park, are facing the same charges, which include drug possession with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and conspiracy to violate drug laws, Boston police said Tuesday. They are being held in lieu of bail for a court hearing March 11 in Boston Municipal Court and will probably face a grand jury, a court clerk said.

    The arrests occurred while the Boston police drug control unit was conducting surveillance near the St. Francis House shelter on Boylston Street at about 4:45 p.m. Monday. Officers reported observing several suspected drug transactions by Marshall and Taylor, officials said.

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    During the arrest, officers discovered a loaded handgun and 21 plastic bags of what is believed to be crack cocaine in the suspects’ possession.

    Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.