Massachusetts State Troopers arrested a Boston man early Friday morning after a Trooper stopped his Mercedes wagon for motor vehicle violations in Revere and found an illegally-possessed, loaded handgun in the vehicle. The Trooper also found a bag containing a large quantity of pills in the vehicle.
The motor vehicle stop was effected by Trooper Jennifer Penton at 1:30 a.m. after she observed the 2004 Mercedes E500 wagon being operated on Broadway well above the posted 25 mph speed limit. Trooper Penton also determined that the vehicle was 12 months overdue for an inspection sticker.
After stopping the vehicle near the intersection with Taft Street, Trooper Penton identified the driver and sole occupant as RANDY N. BOSWELL, 38, of Boston, and made observations based on her training and experience that BOSWELL was acting extremely nervous. When asked, BOSWELL could not produce the registration for the vehicle. The Trooper also observed several plastic baggies, consistent with the packaging of illegal narcotics, in the door compartment. Troopers Devon Surian and Alexander Smith responded to back up the stop, and BOSWELL was asked to exit the vehicle.
While Troopers Surian and Smith monitored the driver, Trooper Penton located, under the driver’s seat, a sandwich bag containing 36 pills. Additionally, in the center of the vehicle, in close proximity to the driver’s seat, she located a soft-sided cooler-style lunch bag that was partially unzipped. She picked up the bag and noticed it appeared to be weighted down on one side. Upon opening the bag, Trooper Penton observed the handle of a handgun. She immediately returned to where the suspect was standing and placed him in handcuffs.
Trooper Smith seized the handgun, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber “Taurus,” and determined that its magazine contained 10 rounds of ammunition. Troopers determined that BOSWELL did not have a license to carry a firearm.
BOSWELL was transported to the State Police-Revere Barracks, where he was booked on the following offenses:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm;
- Unlawful possession of a loaded firearm;
- Unlawful possession of ammunition; and
- Unlawful possession of a Class C narcotic.
The suspect additionally was cited for failure to inspect a motor vehicle, speeding, and not having a motor vehicle registration in his possession.
He is expected to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court today. The pills in the baggie were submitted to the State Police Crime Laboratory for analysis.