BPD Officers Recover Eleven Firearms While Placing Suspect in Custody in Downtown Boston Following Joint Investigation Involving Multiple Agencies

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At about 2:59PM on Monday March 14, 2022, John Pierre, 25, of Lutts, TN, was placed in custody on numerous firearm related charges in the area of 700 Atlantic Avenue in Boston. The suspect was arrested without incident as a result of a coordinated investigation involving members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Massachusetts State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

As a result of their combined efforts, officers were able to safely recover eleven handguns along with sixteen magazines and several boxes of ammunition. After a lengthy investigation it was discovered that Pierre had purchased a quantity of firearms out of state and was planning to travel to the Boston area to illegally distribute these firearms to various individuals. 

Pierre arrived at South Station at approximately 2:25PM where he was observed carrying a backpack that appeared to be weighted down. Pierre walked toward the escalator while alternating the bag between both hands to distribute the weight of the bag. As Pierre continued down the escalator, he was met by law enforcement officers where he was safely placed under arrest and charged with several counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.