Boston Police say they seized 11 pistols, ammunition from Tennessee man

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A man who Boston Police say they busted at South Station with 11 handguns in a backpack pleaded not guilty to 24 firearm-related charges.

John Pierre, 25, of Lutts, Tenn., is charged with 11 counts of possession of a firearm without a license, multiple counts of possession of ammunition and possession of both high-capacity and regular firearm magazines. He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled March 17 at his Tuesday arraignment at Boston Municipal Court central division.

“This is an individual intent on selling firearms and adding to the unacceptable levels of guns on our streets,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden in a statement. “Gun traffickers should beware that their danger to public safety will be met head-on and they will be held accountable.”

In just two days, Boston Police have seized 16 allegedly illegal firearms, including the 11 seized in this case. As of Sunday, Boston Police have made 99 firearm-related arrests, compared to 130 for the same period last year, according to police department data.

Boston Police allege that they saw Pierre walking toward the escalator at South Station, a T and subway station at the corner of Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue downtown, at 2:25 p.m. Monday with a backpack so heavy he had to move it from hand to hand.

Inside, they say, were the 11 handguns — which appear to all be black semi-automatic pistols of various makes, according to a photo provided by the department — 16 magazines and several boxes of ammunition. He was arrested at the bottom of the station escalator without incident by the end of the hour, according to a police statement.

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