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Bedbug inspection turns up guns in Boston public housing, police say

A man and a woman were arrested on weapons charges Saturday, after a pest-control worker found guns in their unit at a South End public housing development, the Boston Police Department said on its website.

Dannie E. Levy, 29, of Mattapan, and Sayira Cooper, 24, of Boston, were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers, improper storage of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

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A pest-control worker found two guns Saturday morning while checking for bedbugs under a mattress in a unit in the Cathedral development on East Brookline Street, police said.

Boston Housing Police were called to the unit. Officers looked under the mattress and found two guns, which Levy and Cooper said they thought belonged to a cousin visiting from Florida, police said.

After securing a search warrant, Boston police found a safe under the bed that contained three more guns — two with the serial numbers defaced — and 300 rounds of ammunition, police said. The guns were a large-capacity, .357-caliber Glock handgun with a loaded magazine and a defaced serial number; a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver with a defaced serial number; a .380 caliber Ruger handgun with a loaded magazine; a loaded .410/.45 caliber Taurus Public Defender revolver; and a loaded .22-caliber North American Arms Long Rifle revolver.

Officers found a notice of the pest inspection date in plain view on a mirror, police said.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.
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