Police arrest 2, recover loaded firearm and drugs in Public Garden

The items recovered from the suspects.
The items recovered from the suspects. —Boston Police Department

Two men were arrested and large quantities of drugs and a loaded firearm were recovered Thursday in the Public Garden, Boston police said in a statement Friday.

Around 7:42 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the area of the Public Garden for a report of a disturbance near the Swan Boats.

Officers spotted Mohamed Soltani, 25, of Quincy, and Adnan Tahlil, 22, of Roxbury, sitting on a bench smoking marijuana, with a black backpack on the ground between them, according to police. As officers approached, the two men stood up and walked away, police said.

When the officers stopped Soltani and Tahlil, Soltani allegedly yelled “Someone film this!” at passing pedestrians, causing a crowd to gather. Officers tried to perform a pat-frisk of Soltani, as they believed he had a weapon, but he pulled away several times, according to police.

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After placing Soltani in handcuffs, police said they recovered a loaded 9mm Walther PPS handgun from Soltani’s waistband area. When asked if he had a license to carry a firearm, Soltani allegedly asked, “What’s that?”

More than 600 Xanax pills, nine bags of marijuana, four bags of cocaine, and other drug paraphernalia were discovered inside the backpack, according to police. Tahlil was then arrested, and police said they later found over $2,000 in cash from the men and two counterfeit bills from Tahlil.

Tahlil faces charges of conspiracy to violate the drug laws, possession of Class B, D, and E drugs, and crimes against currency. Soltani was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession with intent to distribute Class B, D, and E drugs, according to police.

Both men were expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

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