Tip from Witness Leads to Firearm Recovery and High Bail for Repeat Offender

BOSTON, April 4, 2016—A thrice-convicted drug dealer was arraigned on firearm charges last week after an alert citizen reported seeing a man carrying a gun, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JANUARIO OLIVEIRA (D.O.B 01/11/85) of Dorchester was arraigned Friday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and carrying a loaded firearm.  In light of three prior convictions for distribution of a Class B substance, he was additionally charges as a Level III armed career criminal.

Assistant District Attorney Brandon Tower requested that Oliveira’s bail be set at $35,000 with orders that he wear a GPS monitor, remain in Massachusetts, and be subject to home confinement in the event he were to be released on bail.  Judge Kenneth Fiandaca imposed $25,000 bail and ordered the defendant to wear a GPS monitor and remain within Massachusetts while his case is pending.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police received a 911 call at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday from a witness who observed a man with a gun scaling scaffolding in the area of 692 Columbia Rd.  Officers responding to the area of Columbia Road and Elder Street observed a person they recognized as Oliveira and a second man walking from the direction of 692 Columbia Rd.  Oliveira repeatedly looked back at additional responding officers as he walked away.  Officers observed that he was holding the handle of a black firearm in his right hand and a cell phone in his left hand, prosecutors said.  Officer exited their vehicle and approached Oliveira on foot.  They recovered a black Springfield Arms Model XD firearm from Oliveira’s waistband.  The gun had an obliterated serial number and was loaded with six live rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one in the chamber.

“For every gun taken off the streets, we prevent a potential shooting – or worse,” Conley said. “Boston is a safer place thanks to the actions of a concerned community member who called police.”

Oliveira was represented by Yolanda Acevedo. He returns to court April 29.




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