THREE ALLEGED MEMBERS OF THE MOZART STREET GANG CHARGED WITH FIREARM VIOLATIONS AFTER TAKING TARGET PRACTICE AT SHOOTING RANGE
BOSTON, Mass. - Three Boston men, alleged to be associated with the Mozart Street Gang, were indicted today in federal court for being felons-in-possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment alleges that on December 22, 2010, the men went to a Salisbury, Mass. shooting range in which they shot three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at paper targets in an apparent effort to improve their marksmanship.
CHRISTIAN GREEN, JEFFREY MEDINA and SHERWIN GARCIA, all of Boston, were indicted on charges of being a felon-in-possession of firearms and ammunition. According to an earlier complaint affidavit filed against GREEN, the investigation into these men was initiated on December 22, 2010 when members of the Salisbury Police Department stopped a car containing GREEN, MEDINA, GARCIA and a fourth man named Eudy Victorino who was not charged in today’s filing.
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said, “Today’s indictment is the culmination of outstanding cooperation and investigatory efforts by multiple law enforcement partners. The alleged conduct was brazen and dangerous, and I want to commend the agents and officers who brought this case to fruition.”
Daniel Conley, Suffolk County District Attorney said, “The very idea of violent gang members practicing at a shooting range should be chilling to anyone concerned about urban violence. The evidence suggests that these defendants and their allies aren’t just responsible for gun violence in Boston, but that they were preparing to perpetrate more of it. These indictments are the product of seamless cooperation and rapid communication among local, state, and federal authorities who spotted a threat and took all the right steps to defuse it.”
“We would like to thank U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for partnering with local authorities on this important issue. Gun violence is a serious challenge in our community and the practice of violent predators illegally honing their skills has to be stopped. We are grateful to the federal authorities for their focus on this matter,” said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.
It is alleged that the Salisbury officers learned that the men planned to get something to eat and then go to “the shooting range,” an apparent reference to Bob’s Indoor Tactical Shooting Range in Salisbury. According to the affidavit, after determining that GREEN, MEDINA, and GARCIA had various felony convictions including some convictions involving firearms and drug trafficking, the Salisbury officers set up surveillance on the shooting range and watched as the four men entered the range and stayed for over an hour.
It is further alleged that, after the four men left the shooting range, where they were each required to execute documents warning them that “Federal and State regulations strictly prohibit the possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a felony,” the Salisbury officers spoke to range officials and learned that the four men had rented three firearms, two firing lanes, and purchased and shot hundreds of rounds of ammunition at eight paper targets that they used to check their marksmanship. The men allegedly ran up a bill of $333, which was paid for in cash. Recently installed video surveillance equipment in the range recorded the activities and displayed GREEN, MEDINA, and GARCIA’s possession and use of multiple firearms.
According to a detention affidavit already on file in the pending case against GREEN (who was charged in a criminal complaint on February 3, 2011 but remained a fugitive until March 15, 2011), GREEN, MEDINA and GARCIA are also all alleged to be associated with the Mozart Street Gang which operates in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. According to the affidavit, Mozart Street associates have been involved in a longstanding dispute with gang members from nearby Boylston Street which has generated shootings, stabbings and other acts of violence. The detention affidavit lists 22 incidents in the last six months of 2010 alone that are believed to be related to this dispute and have resulted in the shooting of 10 individuals and the stabbing or beating of others.
If convicted on these charges, GREEN, MEDINA and GARCIA each face up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
MEDINA and GARCIA, who were on state probation at the time of the December 21, 2010 incident, are presently in state custody and will face federal charges in U.S. District Court in Boston. GARCIA was also on probation in Norfolk County at the time of the offense but he was not held. Upon his release, GREEN remained a fugitive until March 16, 2011, when he was arrested.
GREEN’s detention hearing is set for March 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. before United States Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein.
U.S. Attorney Ortiz, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Chief Edward Merrill, Jr. of the Salisbury Police Department and Guy Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Ortiz’s Strike Force Unit.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.