Real Life Somerville Police Stories: James DOOLEY (Ammunition w/o FID, Firearm w/o FID, Firearms Trafficking)

On March 2nd, 2021, I, Detective Goncalves was assigned to the Somerville Police Drug Control Unit as Delta 20 along with Detectives Costa, Legros, Cicerone and Sgt. Detective Rego.

Sgt. Rego received a phone call from ATF Agent Mercer, asking if he was familiar with a young white male who resides at X Dickson Street Somerville, MA 02144. Sgt. Rego stated that this individual matched the description of a male identified as Mr. James R. Dooley III. Mr. Dooley is the cause of neighborhood complaints for apparent drug dealing and other nuisance behavior. The Somerville Police Drug Control Unit was actively investigating and conducting surveillance on Mr. Dooley since mid February of 2021. It is to be noted that Mr. Dooley is currently on pre trial probation and has several open cases, four of which are for firearm offenses.

Agent Mercer explained that the ATF had a confidential informant that was acquainted with Mr. Dooley. This confidential informant claimed that Mr. Dooley was in possession of a firearm and was willing to sell it to said informant. The firearm was a flare gun modified to be able to shoot 9mm ammunition. Agent Mercer confirmed that the purchase of this firearm would take place on March 2nd and requested Somerville Police assistance.

Detectives began to conduct surveillance of X Dickson Street in the morning of March 2nd. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Mr. Dooley arrived at the residence of X Dickson Street after being dropped off by a vehicle registered to ROCA INC., a jail diversion program that Mr. Dooley is currently attending. Mr. Dooley texted the confidential informant and told the informant he would be able to meet at approximately 2 p.m.

The confidential informant was debriefed by ATF agents and Somerville Detectives prior to meeting with Mr. Dooley. The agents provided the confidential informant with the $250 needed to purchase the firearm. They also provided the informant with an undercover vehicle owned and used by the ATF, which audibly and visually records inside the vehicle.

The confidential information arrived on location at approximately 2:10 p.m. and parked a few houses away from X Dickson Street. Mr. Dooley then exited the residence of X Dickson Street with a black pouch bag and entered the front passenger side door of the vehicle. Upon entering the vehicle, he unzipped the pouch bag and removed the firearm. He then proceeded to explain to the confidential informant how the firearm was modified and how to properly operate it. On the outside of the pouch bag was a small zippered compartment where he stored (3) 9mm rounds. The confidential informant then provides Mr. Dooley with the $250.

After approximately two minutes, Mr. Dooley exited the vehicle with no bag and began to walk towards his residence. Somerville detectives along with ATF agents were able to stop Mr. Dooley in front of his residence. He was placed in handcuffs and searched. Additional ATF agents were able to meet with the confidential informant in a predetermined location to retrieve the firearm and ammunition. They then provided Sgt. Rego with custody of the firearm and ammunition.

Simultaneously, Detectives Cicerone, Costa, and I knocked on the door to X Dickson Street and announced ourselves as Somerville Police. A female, later identified as XXXX, exited the rear bedroom. Another female, later identified as XXXX exited the front bedroom. They were the only two individuals present inside the residence. We informed them that James Dooley was currently in police custody. Ms. XXXX identified herself as Mr. Dooley’s cousin and Ms. XXXX stated she was his girlfriend.

Mr. Dooley was brought inside the residence and I read him his Miranda Warnings off a card I keep on my person. He stated he understood and was willing to speak with me. I then asked Mr. Dooley if he was willing to sign a consent to search form for his bedroom and he stated yes and signed the form. XXXX, a leaser of the apartment, also willingly signed a separate search to consent form. Both signed forms are attached to this report.

While in the presence of multiple Detectives, Mr. Dooley stated to Ms. XXXX “I’m sorry babe, I was just trying to get rid of it.” He also stated several times, he received the firearm from his mother, a Ms. XXXX, and she told him to take it and get rid of it.

Detectives conducted a search of Mr. Dooley’s bedroom and did not find any additional firearms or ammunition. Several other items were seized/confiscated, please see Detective Costa’s supplemental report.

Mr. Dooley was placed under arrest and transported by Officer R. Anaya in marked wagon #200 to Somerville Police Headquarters where he was booked in the usual manner by Lt. William Rymill.

At the Somerville Police Headquarters, Sgt. Rego was able to inspect the firearm more closely. The firearm had a blue handle with black tape wrapped around it and on the barrel were the words 25mm Signal Flare Launcher. Upon opening the firearm there was a barrel which allowed for 9mm ammunition to be loaded inside. Inside the exterior compartment of the black pouch bag were the (3) 9mm rounds.

Respectfully submitted,

Detective Cassandra Goncalves, #314

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