Boston police recover loaded gun from Jamaica Plain laundry room

The gun Boston police recovered Thursday night (left) and the one the department recovered Friday morning (right).
The gun Boston police recovered Thursday night (left) and the one the department recovered Friday morning (right).(Boston Police Department)

Boston police recovered two loaded guns, including one from a Jamaica Plain laundry room, over the past two days and arrested one man, officials said.

Laron Richardson, 30, of Brockton was arrested Thursday night in Charlestown for illegally possessing a firearm, police said in a statement. The owner of the second gun found in Jamaica Plain Friday morning has yet to be identified.

Officers on patrol in the area of Monument Bunker Hill streets in Charlestown approached a vehicle that had “excessive” window tints and an expired registration decal, police said. The officers smelled burnt marijuana from the vehicle as they approached, police said.


When talking to Richardson, who was the driver of the car, and his passenger, officers saw a tray with what was believed to be marijuana at the feet of the passenger, police said.

Both occupants of the vehicle were removed, police said, and a black Smith & Wesson .32 long revolver loaded with six rounds of live ammunition was found inside the car’s rear climate control panel.

Officers arrested Richardson, who is now facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and for the open container of marijuana in a vehicle, police said. He was arraigned in Charlestown District Court Friday, where his bail was set to $2,500 and he was ordered to stay out of Charlestown while the case is pending, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Richardson’s next court date is April 19, Wark said.

Police recovered the second loaded gun Friday morning in a Jamaica Plain laundry room when they were investigating a noise complaint, police said.

A loaded black Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol was found in a jacket that was left in the laundry room, police said.


Officers responded at 6:33 a.m. Friday to the area of 954 Parker St. in Jamaica Plain after they received a report of a group of males making a lot of noise and causing a disturbance there, police said.

When officers arrived, police said, they saw three males quickly exit the laundry room and go back into the building. They then conducted a “protective sweep” of the room due to their quick departure.

During this search, officers found the Smith & Wesson in the pocket of a black jacket on top of a laundry machine, police said.

Boston police spokesman Officer James Moccia said “it’s too early to tell” in the investigation as to whose gun it was.

The firearm is being investigated by BPD’s ballistics unit.

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