Two Chelsea men were arrested in East Boston with drugs and a gun after police witnessed an alleged drug transaction last Friday near Orient Heights Square.
Officers arrested Joseph Piasecki, 23, of Chelsea and Christopher Capone, 23, of Chelsea and both were arraigned in East Boston District Court.
Piasecki is charged with Trafficking Fentanyl more than 10 Grams and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.
Capone is charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm, Firearm Violation with Two Prior Violent/Drug Crimes, and Unlicensed Sale of an Assault Weapon.
Just before 4 p.m. last Friday officers from District A-7’s Drug Control Unit were conducting an investigation for drug activity near Orient Heights Square.
The Drug Control Unit officers observed an alleged drug transaction amongst a couple of males in the area of 967 Saratoga St.
Officers observed Capone exit his vehicle and enter the vehicle of Piasecki several times before fleeing the area.
Officers followed Piasecki’s vehicle to the area of Bennington Street and Neptune Road where they conducted a traffic stop.
During the traffic stop, officers recovered approximately 13.48 grams of Fentanyl inside of a plastic bag tucked into the rear of Piasecki’s pants. Officers also recovered several plastic bags containing marijuana as well as an undisclosed amount of US Currency.
As Piasecki was being arrested, additional officers followed Capone’s vehicle where they conducted a second traffic stop. While speaking to the Capone, officers received a radio transmission notifying them of the narcotics recovery during Piasecki’s arrest.
Capone was removed from the vehicle and officers located a torn plastic bag consistent with the ones recovered at the other traffic stop that contained Fentanyl. Inside the glove compartment, officers recovered a gray and black firearm loaded with eight rounds of live ammunition.