Firearm Recovered After a Traffic Stop in South Boston

At about 5:23 PM, on Monday, July 17, 2023, officers assigned to the Anti-Crime Unit of District C-6 (South Boston) and the FBI Metro Boston Gang Task Force, arrested Alexander Paniagua, 21, of Boston, on firearm charges.

Officers were on patrol in the area of 730 E Eight Street, when they observed a motor vehicle without an inspection sticker. Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop.

Officers made contact with the occupants, and requested all occupants to exit the vehicle. Officers pat frisked the suspect and the motor vehicle, and recovered a firearm. The firearm was later determined to be a Polymer 80 “Ghost Gun” with four rounds in the magazine. All other occupants were promptly released from the scene.

Paniagua was placed under arrest and charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. He is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court.