Two local men arrested Friday face gun and drug charges following separate incidents in downtown Boston.
Police arrested Maximo Shimada, 21, of Boston around 5:30 p.m. Friday in the area of 64 Arlington St. after receiving word that an Asian male was selling drugs out of a nearby hotel.
Officers found a black semiautomatic firearm loaded with 11 live rounds inside of a fanny pack worn by Shimada as he exited the hotel, which police did not identify.
The gun’s identifying markers — such as the serial number and model — were defaced, police said.
Police recovered 50 grams of methamphetamine, more than 400 Xanax pills, 26 Gabapentin pills, 20 Adderall pills, a small bag containing heroin, and an unspecified amount of cash from Shimada’s hotel room, police said.
An unidentified man trying to enter Shimada’s room in the midst of the police search was issued a summons to court, police said.
About two hours later, police in Chinatown found a stolen handgun in a vehicle driven by Greg Altenor, 29, of Dorchester, police said in a separate statement.
Police first spotted Altenor illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant near the intersection of Beach and Washington streets and pulled him over when he allegedly sped up and crossed three lanes of traffic on Harrison Avenue Extension. The handgun was later revealed to have been stolen in New Hampshire.
As they approached the vehicle, which, according to police, had excessively dark tinted windows, Altenor reached suddenly toward the passenger to his right, according to police.
Police said there were several alcohol-filled plastic cups in the cupholder and said the car smelled strongly of marijuana.
After speaking with Altenor, who was sweating and breathing heavily, police said they searched the vehicle and found the loaded 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun along with six individual clear plastic bags containing marijuana.
The unidentified passenger in the vehicle was released from the scene after being identified.
Altenor and Shimada both face numerous gun and drug charges.
The two will appear separately in Boston Municipal Court, though their appearance dates were not specified in Saturday’s statements from police.
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