An alleged street gang member is facing illegal gun charges for the fifth time following his arrest on Monday by Boston police, who spotted him sitting in an illegally parked car, smoking marjuana with two other alleged gang members, prosecutors said.
Wesner Theodore was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to charges of being an armed career criminal, illegal possession of a loaded handgun and other charges, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.
Theodore, 26, was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail by Judge Thomas Kaplanes, who also ordered him to stay away from two fellow members of a gang named after the street where Theodore lives — Castlegate Road, according to prosecutors.
In a Boston police report filed in court, police said members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were patrolling Castlegate Road Monday morning because the gang associated with the street is currently engaging in a bloody feud with another gang called H-Block. Last month, a Castlegate associate was charged in the non-fatal shooting of an H-Block gang member, police said.
Arriving on Castlegate, officers spotted a Volkswagen Passat parked in a no-stopping zone in front of 30 Castlegate Rd. Theodore was behind the wheel. One friend was sitting next to him in the front seat, and another in the rear seat.
Police said the men appeared to be readying to light a marijuana cigarette and that several clear plastic bags of “green vegetable matter’’ believed to be marijuana were stuffed in the cup holder in the car’s console.
Because one of the three men appeared evasive and all three were believed to be gang members, police asked the men to exit the vehicle, the report stated. As Theodore got out, police allegedly found a 38-caliber revolver loaded with five bullets stuffed into the waist of his pants, authorities said.
Theodore had been arrested on gun charges four times before and was convicted twice, according to officials.
Police arrested him for illegal gun possession and for possession of a gun with an obliterated serial number. According to police and prosecutors, Theodore was convicted of illegal gun possession in 2009 and 2012. He served one year in prison for the 2009 conviction, and 18 months for the 2012 conviction, prosecutors said.
In 2010, he was also arrested but that charge was dropped when his friend’s fingerprint was found on it.
And in 2008, prosecutors dropped the case when Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond G. Dougan Jr. ordered them to disclose the name of a civilian witness to Theodore, according to Conley’s office.
Fearing for the civilian’s safety, prosecutors decided not to go forward, Conley’s office said on Tuesday.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.