A joint-investigation led by the Massachusetts State Police Crime Gun Unit resulted in the arrest this morning of Beverly parolee with multiple prior felony convictions and the seizure of two pistols, nearly 350 rounds of various ammunition, some of it loaded in high capacity magazines, and body armor.
Police charged JUSTIN D. HAYES, 29, with a host of firearms and ammunition offenses, as well as a warrant for a parole violation. The investigation and arrest came after Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Gun Unit and Massachusetts Parole Officers determined that HAYES was in violation of terms of his parole by possessing the weapons and the related items. HAYES is on parole from a prior conviction in Essex County for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
On Friday, Trooper Sean Healy of the Crime Gun Unit obtained a search warrant for HAYES’ Beverly apartment. Early this morning, Troopers from that unit and other Massachusetts State Police units, along with ATF agents, Beverly Police officers, Massachusetts Parole Officers, and a Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer established surveillance of HAYES’ residence.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. today, HAYES emerged from his residence, at which time Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team – the department’s high-risk entry and arrest team – converged on him and took him into custody.
Members of the investigative team provided HAYES a copy of the search warrant and made peaceful entry into the residence. Investigators located and seized the following items from HAYES’ bedroom and the basement of the residence:
- A 9 mm Glock 19;
- A .380 caliber Smith & Wesson Bodyguard with a defaced serial number;
- A magazine holding 30 rounds of ammunition;
- A second magazine holding 14 rounds of ammunition;
- A third magazine holding 5 rounds of ammunition;
- 40 rounds of .38 caliber ammunition;
- 260 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition; and
- A body armor vest.
Troopers transported HAYES to the State Police-Danvers Barracks, where he was booked on the following charges:
- Parole Violation Warrant;
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts);
- Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon or Feeding Device (2 counts);
- Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number;
- Receiving a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number;
- Committing a Firearm Violation While Having at Least 3 Prior Violent Crime or Drug Crimes.
- Possession of Body Armor in Commission of a Crime; and
- Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
After being booked, HAYES was transported to Salem District Court for arraignment.