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Massachusetts State Police arrest Plymouth County 19-year-old awaiting trial after posing with loaded gun on social media



BROCKTON – Two Brockton men awaiting trial on gun charges were arrested after one man posted himself on Snapchat with a loaded gun, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced.

During the month of July, members of the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit conducted an investigation into the unlawful possession of firearms in the city of Brockton. As part of the investigation, troopers observed a recent Snapchat video post on an account belonging to 19-year-old Syncere Lindsay of Brockton. In the video post, Lindsay is seen handling and loading a handgun. The physical characteristics of the gun and ammunition indicated that it was a functioning firearm. Further investigation revealed that Lindsay did not possess a License to Carry, or Firearm ID card.

A Massachusetts Board of Probation query found that Lindsay currently had an open firearms possession case out of Brockton District Court. Pre-trial conditions of Lindsay’s release include GPS monitoring and adhering to a curfew. Investigators determined through Lindsay’s GPS coordinates that he was at his Brockton apartment at the time that the Snapchat gun video post was recorded.

Massachusetts State Police sought and obtained a search warrant for Lindsay’s residence on North Warren Avenue. The Massachusetts State Police STOP Team executed the search warrant without incident. After the residence was secured, members of MSP Gang Unit, MSP-CINRET South, the MSP Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, and Brockton Police searched the residence. In a basement bedroom where Lindsay and 18-year-old Anjel Nieves were located, investigators found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun. Nieves and Lindsay were both placed under arrest.

At their arraignment in Brockton District Court, both men pleaded not guilty to one count each of Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device. Both Lindsay and Nieves had their bails revoked and bail was set at $10,000. The men were ordered to stay away and have no contact with each other.

Both men are expected back in court on August 23, 2023.



  1. Michael Day

    July 23, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    ” I should punish law abiding citizens for this that will prevent ‘ gun violence ‘

  2. Steven Hajko

    July 24, 2023 at 7:38 am

    Theese are the types of actions that Should be taking pressident in inforcing our law’s not making new ones that make law abiding citizens criminals like the one’s in this article ! HB.4420 and other’s will not prevent any of this . Hat’s off to the Gang units for doing great work here ! In this Same article it show’s the problem here in Massachusett, the Court’s let theese guys back on the street again so they can do it again until there next Court hearing . !

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