Bedbug inspection turns up guns, police say

A man and a woman were arrested on weapons charges Saturday, after a pest-control worker found guns in their unit at a South End public housing development, the Boston Police Department said on its website.

Dannie E. Levy, 29, of Mattapan, and Sayira Cooper, 24, of Boston, were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers, improper storage of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

A pest-control worker found two guns Saturday morning while checking for bedbugs under a mattress in a unit in the Cathedral development at 16 East Brookline St., police said.

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Boston Housing Police went to the unit and found an unattended young boy, police said.

Housing police then found Levy and Cooper, the boy’s parents, lying on the bed and placed them in handcuffs, police said. The boy was taken to his grandmother’s home.

Housing police looked under the mattress and found two guns, which Levy and Cooper said they thought belonged to a cousin visiting from Florida, police said.

After securing a search warrant, Boston police found a safe under the bed that contained three more guns — two with the serial numbers defaced — and 300 rounds of ammunition, police said.

According to police, the guns were a large-capacity, .357-caliber Glock handgun with a loaded clip and a defaced serial number; a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver with a defaced serial number; a .380 caliber Ruger handgun with a loaded clip; a loaded .410/.45 caliber Taurus the Judge Public Defender revolver; and a loaded .22-caliber North American Arms Long Rifle revolver.

Officers also found a notice of the pest inspection date in plain view on the bedroom mirror, police said.

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