On Wednesday, Jan. 29 police from District E-13’s Youth Violence Strike Force made two arrests, recovered drugs, two firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition during a traffic stop in the area of 124 Minden Street in Jamaica Plain.
Police arrested Emerson Baez, 19-years-old, of Dorchester and the rear passenger, Jefferson Baez, 21-years-old, of Roxbury. Both were arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Emerson Baez is additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.
Just after 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 officers on patrol in the area of the Bromley Heath Housing Development observed a motor vehicle proceed through the stop sign at the intersection of Schiller Street and Minden Street without stopping.
Officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of 124 Minden Street. As officers approached the vehicle they observed the rear passenger’s side occupant, later identified as Jefferson Baez, quickly duck down and then pop back up.
Officers spoke with the operator, later identified as Emerson Baez, who was neither in possession of his license nor the rental agreement for the vehicle. Officers noticed a jacket and backpack had been shoved into the corner behind the operator’s seat.
Officers removed the three occupants from the vehicle and located a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber firearm loaded with twelve rounds of live ammunition from inside of the backpack behind the operator’s seat, as well as a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber firearm loaded with four rounds of live ammunition inside of a backpack within the trunk of the vehicle. Additionally, inside of the separate backpacks, officers located paperwork containing the names of Emerson and Jefferson Baez, as well as the rear passenger’s name.
While Emerson and Jefferson Baez were taken into custody the front passenger was identified and released from the scene.