Quincy pot dealer was wandering around Downtown Crossing with a gun, police say

Boston Police report arresting a Quincy man on gun and pot-distribution charges after he was unable to outrun officers who spotted him in an apparent drug transaction at Tremont Street and Temple Place yesterday afternoon.

Police say officers on patrol because of complaints about street drug transactions spotted three guys in one such apparent transaction in the doorway of a vacant storefront on Tremont Street around 12:40 p.m.

In light of their observations, officers stopped their cruiser and approached the trio. As officers got closer to the group, they recognized one of the individuals from previous encounters. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the individual in question took off running. After a brief foot chase, officers were able to catch up to and subdue the suspect in the area of 55 Temple Place. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and confiscate a silver-colored revolver and several rounds of ammunition found on the suspect’s person. A further search allowed officers to find and recover over 60 small plastic bags of marijuana.

Charles Wisteguens, 18, of Quincy, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and resisting arrest, police say.

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Ah, yes. The doorway of a

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Ah, yes. The doorway of a vacant storefront in Boston. Either they are used as sleeping accommodations for the homeless, a place to throw litter in, a place to pee or defecate in, a place to conduct drug sale transactions, or all of the above. This is why it is important that property (whether residential or commercial) doesn't stay vacant for too long in this city.

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Right. How dare they sleep

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Right. How dare they sleep in doorways while everyone else gets to sleep in million dollar condos right above their heads!!!

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Your point being? You think

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Your point being? You think homeless should be sleeping in doorways in the winter as opposed to shelters? No compassion.

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Whoosh

I think you missed his point. But keep trying.

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Tremont and Temple

What a big surprise. Usually when I walk by, the crowds of loiterers there are talking about going to BCH to volunteer.

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What was it about being in front of

Buildings and businesses owned by millionaires that made these dealers think that these building owners/lessees would not receive police protection when actively sought?

Maybe peddle your wares where influential people aren't looking?

It's like the story about the guy who kidnapped the lady at the Fenway CVS earlier this week: Somebody asked why junkies try to steal Oxy from pharmacies instead of from wealthy people who have some. Easy: The wealthy get the police protection that they seek and pay for.

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What we really need to do is

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What we really need to do is build a wall between Boston and Quincy. That'll learn em!

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There are police patrols in

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There are police patrols in and around the Common?

I've never seen any police presence. Except for a few weeks after that stabbing, where a cop sat in a car on the plaza outside the T entrance with his lights on.

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Isn't weed legal now?

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The guy (who deserves to be in jail for carrying a gun) should've did what they do in DC. They'll 'sell' you a t-shirt for $70 and give you a bag of weed for 'free'.

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Not going to stop on Tremont

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People are selling a lot more than weed on that side of Tremont St. Not to be one of the typical Uhub complainers, but Tremont, across the street from the Common, is like an open air drug/gun market. I run down this way quite literally every day at 4pm and I have seen more guns in people's waistbands flashing in the sun and drug transactions than I can count. Only once did I see a gun change hands. It's harder to do in broad daylight, I guess. A couple of times I have texted to BPD about it, but what else can you do? It's a very busy street, which is why it's so easy to miss what's happening unless you know the spots and are watching closely.

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One less weapon on city streets is...

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.... a good thing.
As the marijuana trade becomes legitimized, business disputes can be settled in the courts and less so with guns.

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No sah!

Last week I had to remind a cop to do his job as he looked at a man who was clearly overdosing on Summer in the middle of the day. “Oh uh, I didn’t see him”

Yeah sure, I saw you look right at him and then shake your head and look back at your iPhone.

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