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Gang Member Who Posed with Firearms on Snapchat Pleads Guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
At the time of the offenses, defendant was on release for four separate state firearm charges

BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty today to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition while under house arrest for four state firearm charges.

Dumari Shakur Scarlett-Dixon, 22, pleaded guilty to being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm and ammunition. U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Jan. 11, 2024.

A 2021 investigation into Heath Street, a violent Boston-area street gang, identified Scarlett-Dixon as a Heath Street member and the owner of a Snapchat account posting numerous videos and images of himself in possession of firearms. At the time of the conduct, Scarlett-Dixon was on pre-trial release for four separate state court cases of unlawful possession of a firearm. As a condition of his release, Scarlett-Dixon was on court-ordered home confinement with GPS monitoring at his grandmother’s residence in Weymouth. 

Videos and images defendant posted on Snapchat showing him in possession of firearms

During a September 2021 search of his grandmother’s residence in Weymouth, a Bersa 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol, 59 rounds of ammunition and blunts of marijuana – a Schedule I controlled substance – were found in Scarlett-Dixon’s bedroom. 

The charge of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm and ammunition carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and fine of  $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Division; and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division made the announcement. Special assistance in the investigation was provided by the Boston, Quincy and Lynn Police Departments and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

The operation was conducted is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force Initiative, which provides for the establishment of permanent multi-agency task force teams that work side-by-side in the same location. This co-located model enables agents from different agencies to collaborate on intelligence-driven, multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations. More information on the OCDETF program is available here:

Updated October 18, 2023

Firearms Offenses