Death Investigation in the area of 140 South Street Jamaica Plain

 

Death Investigation in the area of 140 South Street, Jamaica Plain: At about 09:48 PM, on Saturday, September 22, 2018, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to the area of 140 South Street, Jamaica Plain for a person shot. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his twenties, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.   

 

BPD in the Community: BPD Officers and Community Members Join Together for Dominican Festival of Boston 2018 held in Jamaica Plain

BPD in the Community: On Sunday, August 19, 2018, Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross joined the men and women of the BPD to celebrate with the community at the Dominican Festival of Boston 2018 in Jamaica Plain. Officers were in place along the parade route to ensure the safety of all attendees. There were plenty of smiles, flags, music, and dancing on display as a festive time was had by all!

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers from District E-13 Hand Out 200 Free Bright-Yellow Bike Vests to Bikers in Jamaica Plain

Keeping Boston Safe: In an effort keep bicyclists safe, while simultaneously underscoring the importance of being visible when riding around the city, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) including Captain John Greland handed out 200 free bright-yellow bike vests to bikers traveling along the bike path in the area of Centre and Lamartine Streets in Jamaica Plain earlier this evening, Thursday, August 9, 2018. Said Officer Mike Santry, “Our job as police officers is to keep people safe. And, there’s no question visibility plays an important role in achieving that goal. So, the decision to hand out the free bike vests to those who ride bikes in our city was an easy decision to make.” As for the vests themselves, the officers tell us that they were generously donated by a local business leader who requested anonymity. Once again, highlighting the fact that together we make our city safer.

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate Two Firearms While Arresting Two Suspects in Two Separate Incidents

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate Two Firearms in Two Separate Incidents: In ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston by targeting those who carry or possess illegal firearms in our city, officers arrested two individuals on gun-related charges in two separate incidents. The facts and circumstance are listed below:

INCIDENT #1: Officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) confiscated a firearm during a motor vehicle stop in the area of Atherton and Washington Streets in Roxbury. At about 9:50AM, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, while on directed patrol in the area of Egleston Square due to several community complaints relative to increased drug activity in the area, officers’ attention was drawn to a white male acting nervously while walking around his vehicle which was parked at the Mobile Gas Station located at 3055 Washington Street in Roxbury. Officers noted the individual’s anxiety as he continued to look around in all directions, as if canvassing the area, before entering his vehicle. When officers conducted a check of the vehicle’s registration, officers discovered that the vehicle’s registration was cancelled meaning the vehicle was on the road illegally. In light of this information, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and stopped the car. While speaking to the operator, officers noted that the driver appeared to be extremely anxious given the fact that the individual was visibly shaking and refusing to make eye contact with the officers. When asked to produce his license and registration, the operator was unable to. Moreover, officers discovered that the driver’s right to operate a vehicle in the state of Massachusetts had been suspended. In light of the aforementioned, officers arrested John Kerivan, 21, of Boston and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle on a Suspended License.

While conducting an inventory search of the motor vehicle, officers were able to locate and take possession of a loaded firearm with 10 live rounds (see photo). Given the discovery of the firearm, the suspect was additionally charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

INCIDENT #2: Officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) confiscated a firearm during a motor vehicle stop in the area of Harvard and Radcliffe Streets in Dorchester. At about 12:42am, on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) observed a gray motor vehicle make a sharp left turn onto Harvard Street from Washington Street. In light of the erratic driving, officers conducted a check of the vehicle’s registration which revealed that the vehicle had no inspection sticker. As a result, officers activated lights and sirens in order to conduct a motor vehicle stop. Initially, the vehicle slowed but did not come to a full stop until doing so in the area of Harvard and Radcliffe Streets. Given the operator’s hesitancy and reluctance to pull over, officers were keenly concerned that efforts were being made to possibly hide or conceal an illegal firearm. When asked to explain why it took so long to pull over, the operator was unable to provide an articulate reason or rationale for not stopping. Officers noted that both the operator and passenger appeared anxious as both were breathing heavily and refusing to make eye contact with the officers. At one point, given the passenger’s readily apparent nervousness and heavy breathing, officers asked the passenger if he was okay. In light of their observations and concern that a firearm may be in the vehicle, officers asked both individuals to exit the car. Upon looking inside the vehicle, officers quickly observed and took possession of a firearm found under the driver’s seat.  When asked to produce a license to carry a firearm, the operator was unable to.

Officers arrested Jacob Laurore, 19, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

BPD In The Community: Children from the Boston Police Junior Academy Spend the Day with Officers from Districts B-2 and E-13

BPD In The Community:  Children from the Boston Police Junior Academy spend the day with officers from Districts B-2 (Roxbury) and E-13 (Jamaica Plain).  Earlier today on Monday, July 30, 2018, the Junior Police Academy visited Boston Police Headquarters where they investigated a mock crime scene and learned about fingerprints with members of the Crime Scene Response Unit. The group made their rounds through headquarters, stopping by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, and the Explosive Ordinance Unit where they learned what to do if they came across a suspicious package and quickly grasped the meaning of “See Something, Say Something!”

The children even spent time with the Superintendent-in-Chief, soon-to-be-Boston Police Commissioner, William G. Gross. Later, the children headed to Boston Bowl where they enjoyed some lunch, a few strings of bowling, and plenty of arcade games. You know it was a good day when the adults had just as much fun as the children! 

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018 COMING TO BOSTON! Monday, August 6, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 2018

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: The 35th Annual National Night Out Boston, a 2-day citywide celebration that will visit 12 individual neighborhoods across the City of Boston over a 48 hour period, kicks off tomorrow, Monday, August 6, 2018 and concludes Tuesday, August 7, 2018. For those not familiar with National Night Out, it's an acknowledgement and national celebration of the partnerships that exist between communities and police departments all across the country. As in year's past, Mayor Walsh will be travelling all over the city to thank community members and Neighborhood Watch Groups for their help and support of the men and women of the BPD.

A motorcade of officials led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Commissioner William G. Gross will be visiting six designated sites per evening for community crime watch celebrations — one in each police district. Along every stop, awards will be presented to the Top Crime Watch Group in each neighborhood and the Crimefighter of the Year (an individual for their year-round efforts in assisting the Boston Police Department).

Residents of Boston and members of the Boston Police Department will enjoy free admission, food, games, and entertainment. Attendees are invited to visit sponsor tables including The Boston Police Foundation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Boston Centers for Youth & Families and a host of others, including local non-profits, who have worked so hard to make this event the special occasion it has become.

EVERY BOSTON RESIDENT IS URGED TO SWITCH ON THEIR OUTSIDE LIGHTS FOR THE EVENINGS TO DEMONSTRATE OUR UNITED COMMUNITY EFFORT AGAINST CRIME.

Event locations are as follows along with the estimated time of arrival of the cavalcade:

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018, locations:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM   Brighton (D-14) - Brighton Commons (Academy Hill Rd/Chestnut Hill Avenue)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM   Hyde Park (E-18) – Iacona Field (Readville Street & Milton Street) 
  • 5:15 - 5:45 PM   Roslindale (E-5) – Adams Park (Washington Street & Cummins Highway)
  • 6:00 - 6:40 PM   Jamaica Plain (E-13) – Mildred Hailey Apartments (90 Bickford Street)
  • 6:50 - 7:30 PM   Mattapan (B-3) – Almont Park (40 Almont Street)  
  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM   Roxbury (B-2) – Marcella Playground (235 Marcella Street)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018:

  • 3:00pm Cavalcade will depart Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza
  • 3:15 - 3:45 PM   East Boston (A-7) – Lopresti Park (33 Sumner Street)
  • 4:15 - 4:45 PM   Chinatown (A-1) - Tai Tung Village, Chinatown
  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM   South End (D-4) – Castle Square (Tremont Street)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM   North End (A-1)  – DeFillipo Park (Prince Street)
  • 6:45 - 7:15 PM   South Boston (C-6) - Moakley Park (Columbia Road)
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM   Dorchester (C-11) - Town field Park (Dorchester Avenue & Park)

BPD in the Community: Thank You to Everyone Who Came Out for Last Night’s Flashlight Walk in Jamaica Plain.

FLASHLIGHT WALK: Last night, on Thursday, July 19, 2018, Commissioner Evans, officers assigned to District E-13, (Jamaica Plain) and community members of all ages joined together for another successful flashlight walk. The event kicked off at the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments and ended at the Jackson Square playground where the BPD Ice Cream Truck was standing by to provide a cold treat on a warm night. If you'd like to attend a future Flashlight Walk, please call the BPD's Neighborhood Watch Unit at (617) 343-4345 or send an email to:  meetinginfo@pd.boston.gov.

 

BPD in the Community: Plenty of Smiles on Display at the 2nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby in Jamaica Plain

Over the weekend, on Saturday June 30, 2018, over 400 children came out for the 2nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at Jamaica Pond. The kids enjoyed a day full of fishing with their families and our officers as well as games, face painting, music, food and more. Thank you to all of the organizers, sponsors, volunteers and participants for sharing in this wonderful community event. We’ll see you next year!

Multiple Suspects Under Arrest After BPD Drug Control Units Conduct Operation in Several Boston Neighborhoods

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On Monday July 2, 2018, officers assigned to various Boston Police Drug Control Squads throughout the city conducted an operation which resulted in 13 arrests. During the far-reaching sweep, officers executed search warrants at multiple locations which led to the recovery of 395 grams of fentanyl, 137 grams of heroin, 27 grams of cocaine, 15 bags of crack cocaine, 6 bags of marijuana and $6,801 in cash. Officers also seized a 2013 Ford Focus along with 368 grams of an unknown powder which will be processed and identified.

Please see below for named suspects followed by their respective charges and scheduled court of arraignment:

 Eddie Watkins, 41, of Boston, Distribution of Class B – Boston Municipal Court

Sean Seith, 31, of Boston, Distribution of Class E – Boston Municipal Court

Jason Martinez, 24, of Dorchester, Trafficking Class A & B Drugs, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possession of Burglarious Tools – Dorchester Court

Meiko Foreman, 30, of Dorchester, Warrant Arrest: Breaking & Entering, Larceny from a Building and Larceny – Dorchester Court

Sheldon Bethune, 45, of Roxbury, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs

Kayla Yeje, 28, of New Bedford, Distribution of Class B Drugs – Roxbury District Court

Nicholas Smith, 32, of Plymouth, Warrant Arrest: Possession of Class A Drugs and Resisting Arrest – Roxbury District Court

David Carrasquillo, 22, of Brighton, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs – Brighton District Court

Orlando Laboy, 39, of Brighton, Possession of Class B Drugs – Brighton District Court

Jonathan Vilarino, 30, of Roslindale, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs – West Roxbury District Court

Michael Vilarino, 26, of Ashland, Warrant Arrest: Distribution of Class B Drugs - West Roxbury District Court

Jose Cambero, 62, of Mattapan, Trafficking Class B Drugs and Distribution of Class A Drugs - West Roxbury District Court

Jesus Diaz-Rivera, 34, of Dorchester, Distribution of Class A Drugs – West Roxbury District Court

Join Officers from the Boston Police Department for "Zumba with a Cop!"

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The Boston Police District E-13 Community Service Office would like to invite everyone to participate in "Zumba with a Cop".  The FREE Zumba lessons will be held on Thursdays at 6:30 pm behind English High School at 144 McBride Street in Jamaica Plain.  Lessons will run from June 21st to August 2nd. No experience necessary; we'll teach you everything you need to know--this is about fun and building relationships in our community! We look forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 277 Centre Street

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in the area of 277 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

About one week after the shooting deaths of 23-year-old Christopher Joyce and 58-year-old Clayborn Blair, the man responsible for their murders is in police custody. Today, Saturday, May 12, 2018, members of the BPD Homicide Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Team apprehended Wilvin Guity, 28, of Dorchester and charged him with two counts of Murder. Guity is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, May 14, 2018.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “I want to commend my Homicide Detectives for the hard work, long hours and meticulous attention to detail that led to the arrest of the suspect in the case. And, while I’m certain our city is a safer place with Wilvin Guity behind bars, I’m still angered when I think about the senseless gun violence that took the lives of Christopher Joyce and Clayborn Blair. Community members all across our city should be able to gather and socialize in public places in the company of neighbors and friends without the fear created and caused by those who carry illegal guns in our city. Chris and Clayborn did absolutely nothing wrong and most certainly deserved better fates. And, while there are no words to lessen the pain or sense of loss being felt by the family and friends of Chris and Clayborn, it is my humble hope that word of today’s arrest will provide for them some small measure of comfort and closure.”  

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original call are as follows: At about 9:41pm, on Friday, May 4, 2018, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were on patrol when they heard what sounded like shots fired in the area of 277 Centre Street. Upon hearing the shots, officers immediately and instinctively made a direct line towards the scene of the gunfire. On arrival, officers located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for further treatment of their injuries. Both victims, a male believed to be in his fifties and a second male in his twenties, later succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased. 

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

UPDATE: Victims Identified in Death Investigation in the Area of 277 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

UPDATE: Victims Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 277 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain: At about 9:41pm, on Friday, May 4, 2018, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were on patrol when they heard what sounded like shots fired in the area of 277 Centre Street. Upon hearing the shots, officers immediately and instinctively responded towards the scene of the gunfire. On arrival, officers located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for further treatment of their injuries. Both victims, a male believed to be in his fifties and a second male in his twenties, later succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased. The victims have since been identified as Christopher Joyce, 23, of Boston and Clayborn Blair, 58, of Boston.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Execute Search Warrant in Mattapan, Arrest Four Suspects and Recover Firearm and Drugs

After receiving multiple complaints of drugs being distributed in the area of 876 Cummins Highway, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit launched an investigation and were ultimately able to secure search warrants for two residences in that area. At about 6:00 PM on Monday, April 2, 2018, members of the District B-3 DCU, with the assistance of the and District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) Neighborhood DCU, executed two search warrants that resulted in the recovery of the following:

  • One loaded Smith & Wesson .357 revolver
  • Two plastic bags of approximately five grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale
  • One plastic bag of approximately 12 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale
  • An undisclosed amount of loose cocaine
  • Forty Gabapentin pills
  • Sixteen Suboxone strips
  • Over $280 in US currency
  • Packaging and scales consistent with the illegal sale of narcotics

As a result of their findings, officers arrested 27-year-old Juanquis Demont Hicks of Mattapan and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. He was also charged with second and subsequent for those offenses. 

Officers also arrested 50-year-old female Zulma Rosa of Mattapan and charged her with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Class B Drugs, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class E Drugs. Christopher Rivera, 44, of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of Class B Drugs. Kaamal Stewart, 33, of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. A second female, age 58, of Mattapan will be summoned to Dorchester District Court for Possession of Class B Drugs. All those arrested will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Missing Person Alert: BPD Seeks Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing 64-Year-Old Vivian Correa of Jamaica Plain

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The Boston Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in efforts to locate 64-year-old Vivien Correa who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Ms. Correa was last seen at about 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2018, near her residence at 940 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain wearing an outfit similar to the one pictured above. Ms. Correa is described as an Hispanic female, about 5’2” tall and about 185 lbs. Vivian may not consistently recognize or respond to her name at this time. While she speaks both Spanish and English fluently, Ms. Correa may be more likely to conversate in Spanish if approached. Vivien is known to frequent the areas of Egelston Square and 1010 Massachusetts Avenue. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Vivian Correa is urged to contact 911 or District E-13 detectives directly at (617) 343-5628.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Suspect in Custody Two Hours after Carjacking Leads to Crash in Jamaica Plain

 

At about 5:48 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, officers assigned to District E-13 responded to a call for a carjacking at the Citgo gas station located at 914 Huntington Avenue in Boston. On arrival, officers spoke to the female victim who stated that while she was putting air in one of the tires of her vehicle, a male suspect, later identified as Larry Hart, 39, of Boston, got into her car while holding a small tan dog. The victim immediately yelled at the suspect and ran back to the driver’s side door at which time she grabbed his left arm in an attempt to remove him from the vehicle. The two struggled briefly before the suspect suddenly drove off, causing the victim to fall to the ground as he fled. The victim received minor scrapes as a result of her fall and denied the need for medical attention. A short time later, police began to receive calls indicating that the suspect had crashed into several other vehicles while fleeing outbound on the Riverway. A short time later, officers located the victim's car, damaged and abandoned in the area of 99 Bynner Street in Jamaica Plain. The suspect was last seen by witnesses fleeing the area on foot with his unidentified canine accomplice running close behind him. Additional responding officers and a BPD K-9 Unit searched the area for the suspect to no avail. While continuing their investigation, officers learned that some of the victim’s credit cards which had been stolen during the incident were being utilized at area businesses around Mission Hill. Officers continued to search the area and located the suspect at about 8:00 PM in the area of 732 Huntington Avenue at which time he was placed in custody without incident. The suspect will appear in West Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Carjacking, Robbery, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Receiving Stolen Property.

Investigators later confirmed that the suspect’s dog was safely secured at home and unharmed.

And now for another installment of "You Can't Make This Stuff Up..."

 

At about 2:20 PM on Monday, January 15, 2018, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a larceny in progress in the area of Rossmore Road.

While en route, officers were informed that the caller observed a male steal a package from a residence on Rossmore. The witness gave a description of a male who opened the package, took the contents from inside, and left the box. Additional units in the area observed a male matching the suspect description walking away from 28 Rossmore toward Washington Street. When officers approached the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Sadiel Tapia of Boston, he began to encourage bystanders to video tape the interaction, stating, “I got nothing on me, I got nothing on me. You are always harassing me.” The officers explained that they were stopping him because he matched the description of a person stealing a package, and Tapia blurted out, “I put it back. I didn’t even take it.” As Mr. Tapia raised his arms up as if to indicate he didn’t have anything, a clear plastic bag containing the package’s contents fell from the back side of Mr. Tapia’s jacket. Officers observed the female who had been taping with her cell phone audibly sigh, put her phone in her pocket, and walk away. Tapia was positively identified as the suspect of the larceny, and officers recovered the stolen item. Tapia was placed under arrest and charged with Larceny from a Building.

Seven Under Arrest in Jamaica Plain after Two-Year Joint BPD and ATF Investigation

Nine men – eight of whom are alleged gang members and associates – have been charged in connection with committing drug and firearms violations around the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain. Seven were arrested this morning and will appear in federal court in Boston this afternoon.

“Gangs are an organized, long-term threat to our neighborhoods,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.  “All of us have the right to live in safe communities – without fear of getting hurt, being subjected to drug dealing on our street corners, or our children being recruited into a life of crime. I will use the considerable resources of the Justice Department to afford every resident the right to live, work and play in a safe environment. I applaud the police officers and federal agents who spend their days identifying and building cases against the gangs in Boston’s neighborhoods.” 

“ATF’s priority is keeping communities and its citizens safe by detecting and stopping the trafficking of firearms and narcotics. Today is another example of how ATF accomplishes that goal,” said Mickey Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Boston Field Division.  “Firearms and narcotics trafficking continue to be a priority for ATF and our law enforcement partners.  We are committed to identifying and disrupting the sources of trafficking illegal firearms and narcotics which endanger our communities.” 

“These arrests come as a result of a two-year investigation working closely with our federal law enforcement partners,” said Boston Police Commission William Evans. “Public safety in Boston is my number one priority and I will continue to use all the resources available to target individuals driving violence in our city. I commend the work of my officers and all those involved in taking these dangerous individuals off the streets and the work they do every day to keep Boston safe.”

Following a two-year investigation, federal and local law enforcement arrested seven individuals this morning in connection with illegal drug distribution and firearm possession within and near the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain, formerly known as the Bromley Heath Housing Development. The development, one of the largest owned by the Boston Housing Authority, has been severely impacted by the prevalence of drug trafficking, shootings and other crimes, much of which is instigated by gangs. According to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, over a 10-month period in 2017, there were 36 incidents of shots fired, eight non-fatal shootings, one homicide, 20 drug-related arrests and 25 robberies in and around the development. According to court documents, the investigation and arrests aim to reduce violence and improve the quality of life for residents by removing individuals who traffic drugs and who are actively involved in violence and gang disputes.

The following individuals are alleged members of the Heath Street Gang and are charged with distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing facility:   

  1.       Cerone Davis, a/k/a “Jp,” 25, of Boston;
  2.       Joe Simmons, a/k/a “Profit,” 30, of Boston; and
  3.       Jarrod Simmons, a/k/a “Rizz,” 21, of Boston.

The following individuals are alleged members of the Heath Street Gang and are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and distribution of cocaine base within 1000 feet of a  public housing facility:   

  1.       Dominique Finch, a/k/a “Heff,” 27, of Boston;
  2.       James Finch, 32, of Boston, remains a fugitive;
  3.       Javonte Robinson, a/k/a “Biggie,” “Big Dog,” 21; and
  4.       Kevin Smith, a/k/a “Works,” 27, of Boston.

Franklin Safo-Agyare, a/k/a “Frankie So So Smooth,” 25, of Worcester, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Kendrick Tate, a/k/a “K-Roc,” 25, of Chelsea, is an alleged member of the Health Street Gang and is charged with distribution of cocaine base and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Tate is currently serving a three-and-a-half-to-four-year sentence for unrelated state drug and firearm convictions.

The charge of distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a public housing development provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of one year and no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of six years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $2 million. The charge of distribution of cocaine base provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million. The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Lelling, ATF SAC Leadingham and Boston Police Commissioner Evans made the announcement today. Assistance was also provided by the Boston Housing Authority’s Department of Police and Public Safety.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.  

Click HERE to view Detention Affidavit.