Boston Herald

Armed to the teeth, cops say

Arkansas man selling dogs in Boston area busted

- By Sean Philip Cotter sean.cotter@bostonhera­

A man who made the trek up from Arkansas this weekend is now behind bars not for the three dogs he schlepped up here to sell, but for, police allege, the assortment of four guns and three large-capacity magazines he brought with him for “protection.”

State Police pulled over Tayvian Chamberlai­n, 20, of Bentonvill­e, Arkanasas, shortly after midnight on Sunday on Day Boulevard in South Boston because, they say, he had an expired paper license plate on his Dodge Durango SUV.

Chamberlai­n had three “young dogs” in the car — two labradors and one Italian mastiff — who he told police he’d driven up from the Bear State to sell to people in the Boston area.

But the dogs, who all appeared fine, were less of the troopers’ concern was the armory strewn around the vehicle, according to the state police.

After he left the car at troopers’ request, the cops saw the driver’s seat was also occupied by a Canix pistol with a magazine holding 18 9-millimeter rounds, according to state police.

Between the driver’s seat and the center console, cops then found a Glock 43 pistol with a magazine containing six 9-millimeter rounds on top of a Glock 41 pistol with a magazine holding 13 .45-caliber rounds, according to police. They then found an AR pistol with a drum-style magazine holding 70 rounds of .223 ammunition on the floor in front of the front passenger seat, cops said.

They found another magazine in the center console, and additional loose rounds of various calibers throughout the vehicle, including inside a bag near the spare tire in the trunk and in the rear driver-side door compartmen­t, police said.

Police said Chamberlai­n readily had acknowledg­ed that he had the guns, and he said he didn’t have a license for them. That, he said, was perfectly legal in his home state of Arkansas, where he’d bought them from gun shows. Police said he “stated that he was armed for protection.”

Cops said it’s not legal here, they arrested him on charges including unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a largecapac­ity weapon or feeding device, improper storage of a large-capacity firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, improper storage of a firearm and driving an unregister­ed motor vehicle, according to state police.

He was arraigned Monday and held on $20,000 cash bail.

Boston Animal Control took possession of the three pooches and tracked down the local buyers. The new owners, police said, then came and picked the dogs up.

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