Watervale Road Man Faces 9 Gun-Related Charges After Task Force Searches Home

Articles connecting him to an "outlaw motorcycle gang" were also find in the home, police said.

Police seized three unlicensed guns, boxes of ammunition and evidence connecting a Watervale Road man to an outlaw motorcyle gang during the search of a home Wednesday.

Joseph Chase, 39, of 109 Watervale Road was ordered held on $10,000 bail by a Somerville District Court judge Wednesday on nine charges stemming from allegedly possessing unlicensed, unsecured guns and large capacity ammunition magazines.

Just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, a joint task force including Medford Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, IRS and ATF raided Chase's North Medford home. Inside, they found a Long Branch bolt-action rifle, a Remington pump action shotgun, a FIE 12-gauge shotgun, two empty large capacity magazines and numerous boxes of ammunition, according to a police report written by Medford Police Officer Kevin Braxton.

Along with Chase, there were three other adults home at the time of the search along with a young child. No one at the home had licenses to possess the weapons and the guns were not secured properly, the report said.

Police also found articles related to membership of an "outlaw motorcycle gang," the report said.

A "no-knock" search warrant was obtained for Chase's home after DEA task force officer Matt Gutwill, a Framingham police officer, received information that Chase's 109 Watervale Road residence was allegedly involved in firearms and drug trade, the police report said.

Chase is charged with three counts of carrying a firearm without a license, three counts of improper storage of a firearm, two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, and possession of a firearm without a firearm identity card, according to court records.

Somerville District Court Judge Neil Walker ordered Chase held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 bond bail in an arraignment Wednesday, according to court filings.

Chase is expected to appear in court next on March 28 for a probable cause hearing.

Mike Vanderboegh March 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM
The Founders must be rolling over in their graves to the tune of 3,000 RPM. What sort of gelded anti-Americans do you have living in your state to put up with such tyrannical crap?!? They raid him, ostensibly, for drugs. Do they find drugs? Oh, no, but they find weapons which are legal under federal law but he hasn't begged the permission of your nanny-state to possess and register them. What other evidence? Oh, well, he might be connected to an "outlaw motorcycle gang." Maybe. Possibly. For this his house is raided and his family terrorized? They didn't charge him with being a felon in possession of weapons so they don't have that excuse. The truth probably is that the uniformed jackbooted thugs acting under color of law screwed up about the "drugs" and these charges are the result of the "OH, sh-t what do we do now?" that they had when they realized their mistake. What a disgrace. What an outrage. Mike Vanderboegh PO Box 926 Pinson, AL 35126
Brian Talley March 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Gee, all the "crimes" committed here didn't involve anyone causing harm to another person or another's property. But the government must not be slighted: it didn't get to add a name to its roster of firearm owners and didn't collect the related tithe. There was once a time when the people of Massachusetts actually fought for freedom from precisely this sort of government abuse. I see that time has long passed. May your chains rest lightly, yadda, yadda, yadda...
foodo March 10, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Oh, Massachusetts...... Now I understand.
Simon Jester March 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
"... large capacity ammunition" - Really? Can you provide a picture of what that looks like? "... Medford Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, IRS and ATF" - That's a whole lot of tax payer money to come up empty handy. No wonder they had to drum up those puppy poop charges. Wouldn't be too surprising if those illegal items came into the house the same time as multi-jurisdictional thug force. Shame on you!
Thomas Paine March 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Uh, what was illegal? "...a Long Branch bolt-action rifle, a Remington pump action shotgun, a FIE 12-gauge shotgun, two empty large capacity magazines and numerous boxes of ammunition..." So Massachusetts licenses rifles and shotguns? Didn't see anything about "automatic weapons" or "assault rifles" or "armor-piercing shell" anywhere. In my state of Florida, I don't need a "license" to own anything - rifle, pistol or shotgun, and this guy had nothing out of the ordinary. Good ol' Massachusetts, home of the Revolution. Trampling all over the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We don't need no steenkin' 1st, 2nd, 4th of 5th Amendment - we're the police!
Herman Nelson March 10, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Why would Matt be ready? He's a cop with Jedi like powers and lives above the law. The thin blue line brotherhood is not to be trusted. They take care of their own. Just remember Taxachusetts is home of Romney. Supporter of obamacare and gun control. The same state where you can get drunk, drive your car off a bridge, and murder your "assistant" without going to jail because you're was a Kennedy.
Loki Northman March 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
It's happening all over the country, not ust uin Taxachussetts. ATF blew the doors off my house, full-on SWAT raid, flashbangs, the whole drill. Held an M4 carbine to my 14 y.o. daughters head as she lay ont he floor in her nightclothes, threatened to blow my 17 y.o. son's "brains the f---k out", threatened to kill me and put my children in prison...all on the word of a four-time convicted felon and heroi addict that he had seen cases of machine-guns and explosives in my home. Now, they didn't bother asking anyone else, and spent god knows how much for an airplane to circle my home the day before the raid, but they got to use all their toys! Oh, by the way...nothing illegal was found, though they seized all of my kids weapons "for testing". Still waiting on that. The Tree of Liberty is truly parched, and it is time to water it with the blood of the Beast.
Brian Talley March 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Why would anyone hate an inanimate object? "Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est." Me, I hate people who hurt other people for personal gain.
Timothy McGivern March 11, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Why all the Massachusetts bashing? I'm assuming if you are reading this article you are from the vicinity. If you don't like it here, leave. How about some interesting, relevant commentary?
John Comeau March 11, 2012 at 03:52 AM
nobody's bashing Massachusetts so much as we're bashing what the government of Massachusetts, with the complicity of a large percentage of the population, has done to the freedom of the people to keep and bear arms.
Mike G March 12, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I'm bashing them.
Paul Iadonisi March 12, 2012 at 04:51 AM
It's a well deserved bashing. Oh, and by the way, I, for one, *did* leave. Oh, how nice to see Massachusetts. In the rear view mirror.
MW March 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Thank you; agreed. Go spam your own hometown sites.
stewart earl March 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
well I Know he man that was arrested is not a convicted felon. and these storm troopers stepped on their Big Blue Dickies, on the say so of some weepy Piece of garbage and known drug addict jealous of a Man doing best he could trying to raise a young child alone and please tell me what is an outlaw motorcycle club from where I stand it an expression of FREEDOM as well as free speach. and last I read there are certain rights we all as Americans have, the right to free speech, the right to Keep and bear arms(and that right shall not be infringed upon) The writers of our Bill of rights are rolling over in their tombs when are we ever gonna be FREE and where is the peoples militia oh yeah its run by the Government its called the national guard Milita the peoples militia is run by the people for the people to help ensure our freedoms from a tyranical government. in closing the only difference between a regular citizen and a storm trooper policeman is the badge. most are them are so much more corrupt than you or I. LONG LIVE OUR FREEDOMS sooner or later we will have them
RB March 15, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I say we all go to his next court date and protest and carry the Bill Of Rights Law in our hands and then see what the gov. has to say. He is a good man who loves his child and was also granted sole custody. He works hard,cooks,cleans,and takes care of his child.We should all be able to own guns.This is a good example of WHY I AM MOVING OUT OF MASSACHUSETTS.THIS PLACE ABSOLUTELY SUCKS !!!
snaggletooth March 15, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I own a gun. All that man would have to do is pay $100 and get a license and he would've been fine. The police are just doing their jobs. If you don't like the law then vote out the lawmakers. Ps I'm glad they got a moronic knucklehead head biker off the streets! If he's stupid enough to buy and sell guns without a license then he's probably stupid enough to do harm to himself or others.
IJ March 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
i agree with snaggletooth. I also know this dude. Talk is cheap, and appearances and manipulation only go so far. If he really wanted to make a change in his life he would have......but he didn't. It's the consequence of living his lifestyle.
Concerned Citizen March 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM
We could be reading a different story if the child or his friends picked up the unsecured gun - if you own guns, respect the power, safety and consequences. I support our rights to bear arns - but please don't abuse it or advocate for someone who doesn't deserve your help. It only brings bad press to all gun owners includig good people who handle guns appropriately.


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