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At about 1:30 PM on Friday March 5, 2021, members of the District C-6 (South Boston) Drug Control Unit arrested Damion Johnston, 29, of Roxbury and Edilson Pinto, 18, of Dorchester on firearm and drug related charges during a traffic stop in the area of Morrisey Boulevard and Old Colony Terrace in Dorchester. The officers had stopped a motor vehicle as part of an investigation when they observed multiple plastic bags with various cannabis and marijuana labels strewn about the interior. Officers then asked the operator, Johnston, and the passenger, Pinto, to exit the vehicle at which time they observed what appeared to be a hard metal object inside the passenger’s right jacket pocket. Officers recovered a loaded 9mm Springfield Armory XD-9 handgun upon completing a pat frisk at which time the suspect was placed in custody without incident. Officers continued their investigation which led to the recovery of several small plastic bags of marijuana packaged for sale and more than $1,900 in U.S. Currency leading to the arrest of Johnston without incident.

Both parties will appear in Dorchester District Court for arraignment on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. Additionally, Edilson Pinto will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.