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South End man who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm - and manslaughter - arrested on charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm

An AARP mailing to a 51-year-old South End man with a criminal record dating to the 1990s helped investigators tie him to the loaded gun and separate box of ammo they found in a Harrison Archway apartment in February while searching for another man believed to be a Heath Street Gang member.

Melvin Smith was formally charged in US District Court in Boston yesterday on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition for the FEG Mod. SMC .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number loaded with six rounds and a box containing 24 bullets that would fit in the gun federal agents say they found in a drawer in what turned out to be Smith's bedroom on Feb. 14.

Smith won't be hard to find for arraignment in federal court - he's currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Suffolk County jail on state charges filed Feb. 14 for illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a class B drug, according to Boston Municipal Court records.

At the time, investigators were searching the apartment for Michael "Sneed" Riley as part of the latest crackdown on the Heath Street Gang, which has been around so long some of its associates now qualify for AARP membership, according to an affidavit by an ATF agent on that case.

And, in fact, according to the affidavit, it was an AARP mailer addressed to Smith that was also found in the room that initially connected Smith to the gun and ammo - with a later check with the BHA confirming that the apartment was being rented to Smith, rather than Riley, although Riley happened to be there when federal agents armed with a search warrant entered. Smith was also present when agents arrived, the affidavit states.

The felon-in-possession charge is a familiar one to Smith, since he was convicted on the charge in federal court in Boston in 1995, receiving a 15-month sentence.

In 2000, he was indicted for a murder in Suffolk County, although he eventually pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter on April 3, 2005. On March 13, 2006, he was sentenced to 19 years in Cedar Junction, according to court records, which show he received credit for the roughly 6 1/2 years he had spent behind bars between his initial arrest and the time of his sentencing.

Innocent, etc.

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When you are fingered because of AARP!

Why are taxpayers paying for a violent felon like this to have subsidized housing? Aren't there people on waiting lists who aren't convicted criminals?


This is the most I've ever agreed with Kinopio.

TAXPAYER DOLLARS....... so I think taxpayers would.like to know this story

Guy gets hit by a green line train after serving 21 months in jail

Loses right knee ...right knee rebuilt replaced rebroken ...physical therapy almost three years to the day since I last shot heroin up my arm

Clea sober , urinalysis ready and willing (but because that lit bit part of the narrative...my sobriety ....my offering of hair blood and urine is not appreciated at all not a Lil bit!....andwhy? Because it doesn't serve them to have me be that transparent and accountable)

I'm getting ahead of myself
Meanwhile .....bac at the ranch
You got people trying to stay clean . Ppl screaming out loud for love and help!!!!

Here's a guy who put the work in got sober Stys clean is more enn. just accountable that his transparency makes him.nearly crystal in clarity

However after three years of full medical complianc3
Hiv in full undetectable status
Learned how to walk and ride a bike again
However my doctors were able to cut all ties with me throw me too the lions not give me bridge rxs etc (were talking about cutting someone off a variety of meds that canotbe stopped and all of which would obviously put one at risk of relapse ) what does this have to do with this news Blip?

Everything everything

Look at the taxpayers dollars
They don't go to the ppl who try and advocate for self
They don't go to those of us trynna reintegrate
Instead we get the leftovers .....as in NOTHING

Please look into and let us know what you find out!

Who and where are the Lessees? And why do drug dealers get housing so easily all over this city and state?

Not only is it a subsidized project apartment, but its sounds like its a 2 bedroom apartment,from the way the affidavit reads.

Why was this guy allowed to be on the lease of a two bedroom apartment? The second bedroom is clearly not needed if he can let another accused gang associate sleep there.

Answering my own question, but wonder if its his mothers apartment? Once a person reaches a certain age, they don't have to move out of their apartment even if they are "over-housed". Maybe this is where he lived before going to prison and was always on the lease, never removed. Or its possible that there is another lease holder who went to the management office and requested to put him on the lease. It doesn't make sense that he has a 2 bedroom if this BHA unit was leased to him after he was released from prison. He should have only been in a studio or 1 bed.