A Roxbury man was arrested yesterday on charges he sold a high-capacity automatic weapon to an informant, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. His wife was also arrested - for possession of the crack cocaine the man allegedly used as an enticement for the deal.
Herbert Davis, 51, was arrested shortly after the informant for a joint local/federal investigation handed over $3,700 in Davis's Harold Park apartment, the District Attorney's office says.
Davis's bail on various weapons and drug-distribution charges was set at $50,000, but earlier bail on an unrelated case out of Norfolk County was revoked. Prosecutors had sought bail of $250,000.
His wife, Dedrea Poindexter-Davis, 45, was released on her own recognizance.
According to the DA's office:
In the course of that investigation, a cooperating witness had made arrangements to purchase from Davis an AR-15 rifle for $3700. Yesterday, when the witness brought that amount for the rifle, Davis allegedly increased the price to $4300 and offered the witness the Tec-9 and crack cocaine instead. The witness accepted the deal.
Minutes after the witness left Davis' apartment, members of the Boston Police Department SWAT team entered and secured the premises for the execution of a Suffolk Superior Court search warrant. Investigators recovered $3573 in cash from Davis' person, as well as two plastic bags of crack cocaine, a quantity of white powder believed to be used as a cutting agent, and $389 in cash.