Police recover firearm, drugs after traffic stop in Dorchester

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BOSTON — At about 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, officers assigned to the Anti-Crime Unit of District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Christopher Joseph, 31, of Nashua, New Hampshire, on firearm and drug charges.

Officers were on patrol in the area of Morton Street and West Selden Street when they observed a motor vehicle operating with an expired registration.

They activated their cruiser’s emergency lights and sirens and stopped the vehicle in the area of 38 Gallivan Boulevard.

Officers made contact with all the occupants, who immediately rolled down their windows except for the right rear passenger.

The right rear passenger continued to disregard requests to roll his window down, prompting the operator of the vehicle to roll it down.

The passenger was observed to be breathing heavily but refused medical attention.

Due to the expired registration, officers requested all three occupants to exit the vehicle as it needed to be towed.

During a pat frisk of the right rear passenger, officers recovered a plastic bag containing marijuana and another containing cocaine.

The suspect attempted to move away from officers, who then felt what they believed to be a firearm.

After placing the suspect in handcuffs, officers recovered a Springfield Armory Hellcat 9MM with a loaded magazine containing twelve rounds from his waistband.

Joseph was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device, and possession of class B.

He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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