Real Life Somerville Police Stories: A’Shaun CLARK (PWID D, Firearm Store Improper, Possess Firearm w/o FID Card, Firearm Carry w/Ammo…. etc)

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #18076125:

Recently, there has been an ongoing feud between members of a Cambridge Gang known as Port 44 and Somerville Gang known as MP45 or ESV. There have been multiple shootings between these two groups and several firearm and narcotic arrests have resulted with members of these gangs. Information was received that several of these members distribute narcotics especially Marijuana. These persons are often found on social media giving gestures of gang signs as well as posting videos of narcotics and firearms.

Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Unit and Gang Unit have recently gained information on one such individual involved in the MP45 gang making gang gestures, posting videos with firearms on social media and selling narcotics. This male, Ashaun Clark, has been seen posting videos of large amounts of Marijuana and firearms. A drug investigation of Mr. Ashaun Clark was initiated of his alleged role in the ongoing distribution of Marijuana. The alleged distribution occurs from Mr. Clark’s residence. This residence is located at 50B Memorial Road #14, Somerville, MA 02145. This investigation was launched upon receiving intelligence and cooperation from a confidential source.

At the conclusion of this drug investigation, a search warrant application was requested by me at the Somerville District Court by Clerk Margaret Weeks on Thursday, December 27, 2018. This search warrant (1810-SW-0061) was granted by the court authorizing the search of the following:

#1- The residence of 50B Memorial Road #14, Somerville, MA 02145 (search warrant docket # 1810-SW-0061).

#2- The person of Ashaun Clark, date of birth xxxx (search warrant docket # 1810-SW-0061).

On Friday, December 28, 2018, Sergeant Detectives Rego and Capasso, along with Detectives, Legros, Goncalves, Costa, and I set up surveillance around the area of 50B Memorial Road. Also assisting us was Somerville Housing Officer Browne. At approximately 11:20 A.M. observations were made of Mr. Clark and another individual known to us as XXXX exiting the rear door of 50B Memorial Road and walking towards Temple Street. As the two were walking, it appeared that they made note of Sergeant Rego’s unmarked cruiser, as they stopped and quickly spoke to one another. XXXX continued to 20 Memorial Road as Clark backtracked and went back into 50B Memorial Road #14. Within two minutes Mr. Clark exited once again and began walking towards Temple Street once again. At this time, Detectives with their badges clearly displayed on their outermost garment approached Clark and explained they had a search warrant. Mr. Clark was walked back into his residence where he was read his rights pursuant to Miranda from I card I keep in my wallet by Sergeant Capasso. Clark stated he understood his rights.

During the search warrant execution, approximately 327 grams of Marijuana were seized. This Marijuana was already distributed into separate baggies for sale. In my training and experience, this amount of Marijuana coupled with the ready made baggies is indicative of distribution. Also seized during the search warrant execution was five hundred and thirty dollars in cash, and a H and K USP .45 Caliber firearm. This firearm was seized from an open backpack on the living room floor. It contained a serial number of xxxxxxx. A query of this firearm serial number indicated that the firearm was stolen out of Virginia this year. During the booking, Mr. Clark made statements having personal knowledge the firearm. Please see Sergeant Capasso’s report involving the booking. Also, please see any and all supplemental reports involving this arrest including the evidence seized/confiscated during the execution. The five hundred and thirty dollars will be seized for upcoming forfeiture proceedings.

Respectfully submitted,

Detective Fernando Cicerone #279

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