A 28-year-old Boston man pleaded not guilty to gun charges in Dorchester Municipal Court today after police allegedly found him carrying a firearm without a permit, according to a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office.
While responding to calls about gang activity near Columbia Road and Stanwood Street in Dorchester Monday night, officers saw Brandon Jesurum and an unidentified female enter Franklin Liquors, Boston police said.
The officers entered the store after the pair. When officers walked up to the entrance, they heard three unidentified men standing outside the store alert Jesurum to their presence, police said.
The officers walked up to Jesurum in the store, and upon seeing them, he allegedly shielded the right side of his body and grabbed his waistband, according to police.
Officers searched Jesurum and allegedly discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .357-caliber revolver in his waistband, police said.
When he could not produce a valid license to carry a firearm, officers placed him under arrest.
Jesurum is being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and being an armed career criminal, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.
Monday’s arrest marked the fourth time Jesurum has been charged with illegal firearm possession, said police.
Jesurum is being held on $150,000 cash bail. He is to return to court on March 26 for a pre-trial conference, said Wark.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp