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    Roxbury man faces drug and gun charges after car stop

    A Roxbury man with prior gun convictions is facing new charges after he was arrested with a loaded gun and a bag of suspected crack, officials said Thursday.

    Silas Rankins, 20, was a passenger in a car that was stopped Wednesday on Howland Street in Dorchester, according to Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. Police searched Rankins and said they discovered a bag containing what appeared to be crack cocaine, and a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun loaded with five rounds of ammunition, and with its safety off, Wark said. The serial number on the gun had been defaced, according to Wark.

    Rankins faces charges of carrying a loaded gun without a license, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a Class B substance, resisting arrest, and not wearing a seat belt, Wark said in a statement. Rankins, who was convicted of armed assault with intent to murder with a dangerous weapon in 2001 and illegal firearm possession in 1999 and 2000, was also charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm as an armed career criminal, Wark said, which would increase the overall severity of his possible punishment.


    He was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Roxbury District Court. He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 8.

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