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At about 5:59 PM on Saturday, August 7, 2021, officers assigned to the District B-2 Anti-Crime Unit (Roxbury), conducted a firearm investigation in the area of Cumston Place and Shawmut Avenue in the South End which led to the arrest of Brandy Soto-Lara, 24 and Jailson Gomes Barros, 22, both from Dorchester on firearm charges and violation of the auto laws.

Officers observed Soto-Lara and an unidentified male, later identified as Gomes Barros, enter a motor vehicle and begin to travel on Dartmouth Street towards Columbus Avenue. The motor vehicle, with excessively dark tinted windows, failed to stop at a red light and possessed an illegal license plate cover.

Officers activated their lights and sirens to conduct the traffic stop but Soto-Lara accelerated at a high rate of speed. Once stopped, both occupants were removed from the motor vehicle for officer safety.

While conducting a motor vehicle inventory search, officers located a loaded Ruger LCP .380 from the vehicle. The firearm was loaded with one (1) one round in the chamber and six (6) rounds in the magazine.

Brandy Soto-Lara was arrested and charged with; Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Refusal to Submit for a Police Officer.

Jailson Gomes Barros was arrested and charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.