Boston street worker faces gun, drug, prostitution charges

Police said no charges wet filed and the case is closed. Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro
Police said no charges wet filed and the case is closed. Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro

A man working for a program that aims to reduce violence among young people and help youths in the city’s neighborhoods will face a judge today after police allegedly found him with a gun, drugs and a prostitute.

Marcus Merritt, 35, of Dorchester, was charged with unlawful possession of a gun, drug possession with intent to distribute and engaging in sex for a fee, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Police were responding to a call when they noticed a car parked on Auriga Street left running with its lights on just before 5 a.m. Saturday. When officers spoke to the woman in the car, she “made statements relative to prostitution,” according to the district attorney’s office.

During their investigation, police said they recovered an unregistered firearm from Merritt’s waistband and a cocaine from the center console of the car.

According to the district attorney’s office, Merritt said he worked in Boston as a street worker.

A spokesman for Mayor Thomas Menino said Merritt is not a street worker for the city’s program, which is overseen by the Boston Center for Youth & Families.

There are other organizations that provide funding for street workers or that launched their own street worker programs.


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