, Salem, MA

November 22, 2013

Speeding stop leads to gun charges


---- — SALEM — A Salem man with a record of gun charges dating back to his teen years may have thought he was living like the star of a rap video when, police say, he rolled down Lafayette Street in a Jaguar on Thursday, a new Glock 9 mm handgun tucked into his waistband and a woman by his side.

Now Deshawn Mosley, 23, of 29 Park St., is at Middleton Jail, held on $100,000 bail, charged with illegal possession of a handgun and ammunition, drunken driving, speeding, giving a false name, resisting arrest and driving after license suspension.

Mosley, who was still on probation for a 2009 gun case in Lynn, was spotted by two Salem patrolmen who were watching traffic on Lafayette Street (Route 114) shortly after 1 a.m. A radar device showed that he was driving 10 miles an hour over the speed limit, so the officers stopped the Jag, said Lt. Conrad Prosniewski.

Asked for a license and registration, Mosley reached into the glove compartment and pulled out a stack of papers, which he then dropped. After fishing around and handing one of the officers a vehicle inspection report, Mosley complained, “I can’t find that (expletive).”

He told police his name was Dallas Lee, Prosniewski said, but a check of the computer in the police cruiser showed a man with that name who looked nothing like the driver.

Meanwhile, police noticed that the woman in the passenger seat had vomited and then passed out. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

When Mosley was asked to step out of the car, he was so drunk he nearly fell over, according to police. That’s when Patrolman Roberson Troncoso tried to steady Mosley by putting his hand on Mosley’s shoulder and waist — and felt what he suspected was a gun.

When the officers tried to handcuff Mosley, a struggle ensued, during which Mosley reached toward his waist. Police took the gun from his pants and realized that it was loaded, with one round in the chamber and 27 more rounds in an extended magazine, Prosniewski told Judge Michael Lauranzano.

A Breathalyzer test showed that Mosley’s blood alcohol level was .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08. He did not have a driver’s license or a gun license.

Besides the 2009 Lynn gun case, in which investigators with a search warrant found two unlicensed guns in Mosley’s possession, he has prior firearms cases dating to when he was a juvenile.

Defense attorney Patrick Regan did not specifically address the allegations but suggested that his client, who has a 4-year-old child, was not a flight risk.

He urged a lower bail than the $75,000 sought by Prosniewski.

Besides setting bail at an even higher amount than the prosecutor had requested, Lauranzano ordered that Mosley be detained until a probation violation hearing, meaning that even if he can come up with the bail money, he won’t be released until the earlier case is resolved.

A probable cause hearing was scheduled for Dec. 19.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.