Trooper’s traffic stop leads to drug trafficking, gun charges in Boston

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BOSTON — A routine patrol on Storrow Drive led to the arrest of a Maine man on drug trafficking and firearms charges after a single-vehicle crash revealed a cache of drugs and an illegal firearm, state police said.

Trooper Niko Retzos, while patrolling westbound near the Hatch Shell on Friday night, found a Subaru with heavy right-side damage and its owner, Sean McGrady, 31, of Windham, Maine, in the passenger seat.

McGrady exhibited signs of intoxication and was found to have been driving at the time of the crash, according to authorities.

Retzos, who recently completed the Behavioral Observation and Suspicious Activity Recognition course, noticed McGrady’s behavior suggested he was trying to hide something on the vehicle’s floorboards.

McGrady’s movement revealed a handgun with an extended magazine within his reach.

McGrady was ordered out of the vehicle, handcuffed, and asked for a firearm license, which he did not have.

Backed by Sergeant Ronald Clapham and Trooper Matthew Chuong, McGrady was arrested and placed in a state police cruiser, while Retzos secured the firearm.

An inventory of the Subaru’s contents before towing revealed multiple containers of alcohol and dozens of packets containing cocaine and crack cocaine totaling 21 grams, and marijuana weighing 53 grams.

McGrady was offered sobriety tests and processed at the Boston Barracks.

He was arraigned at Charlestown District Court on multiple charges, including trafficking in cocaine, possession of various drugs, firearm possession without an ID, carrying a loaded large-capacity firearm, and operating under the influence of liquor—his second offense.

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