Tsarnaev Friend in Gun Charge Had Past Arrest for Dealing Marijuana

Stephen Silva, a close friend of the surviving Boston Marathon Bombing suspect, had been arrested for drugs before his Monday arrest for heroin trafficking and gun charges, The Boston Globe reports. Silva allegedly provided the gun that was used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier.

Federal prosecutors filed charges against Silva alleging that he was in “possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.” According to The Globe, it matched the model of pistol—a Ruger model 95 9mm—that was allegedly used in Collier’s shooting.

Collier was allegedly shot by Marathon Bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in April 2013 while they fled authorities.

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It is unclear whether the gun charge Silva faces is related to the shooting of Collier, but The Globe reports that “a Cambridge police official acknowledged that federal prosecutors briefed top officers in the department about Silva’s arrest.”

According to The Globe, when Silva was arrested last November for dealing marijuana at the JFK/UMass MBTA station in Dorchester, he told police: “I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber.”

Read the full Globe article here.