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Springfield Police FIU Detectives Seize Four Firearms including an AR Pistol, Various Weaponry, Trafficking Amounts of Cocaine and Heroin, Nearly $30,000 in Cash

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On Tuesday April 18th at approximately 2:45 p.m. members of the Springfield Police Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU) under the direction of Captain Brian Keenan, members of the Springfield Police Emergency Service Unit (ESU) under the direction of Sergeant David Robillard and members of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department executed three search warrants; one at “The Smoking Pot” on the 400 block of Bridge Street, another at an apartment at the Overland Lofts on the 100 block of Chestnut Street and a third search warrant at an apartment on the 0-100 block of Lombard Street. The warrants were granted after an investigation into the illegal possession of firearms and the illegal distribution of marijuana. FIU Detectives have been conducting this investigation over the past several weeks due to an uptick in shots fired and neighborhood complaints in the area.

The search warrants yielded four illegally possessed firearms, including three large capacity firearms, various high capacity magazines and weaponry, an unfinished Ghost Gun, more than 5600 bags of heroin, more than 450 grams of cocaine, more than 110 grams of Crack-Cocaine, more than 600 grams of marijuana and more than $28,700 in cash. 

Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood stated, “Since the creation of our Firearms Investigation Unit our Detectives have worked tirelessly to get illegal guns off our streets at a rate that stacks up against any department in the country.  I’d like to thank Captain Brian Keenan and his Detectives for their work thus far in this investigation, but the work is not yet done.  From year to year we are seeing a similar amount of shooting incidents, the difference is that this year we have recovered nearly twice as many shell casings.  As you can see with the type of arsenal that was recovered on Tuesday these high capacity firearms, Semi and Fully Automatic Firearms and Ghost Guns are too easily accessible to criminals.  Our Officers and Detectives will continue to be proactive in getting these dangerous weapons off the street and we need our judges to help keep these dangerous felons off our streets as well.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “Tremendous work by our brave and dedicated men and women of our Springfield Police Department, especially from our Firearms Investigation Unit under the direction of Captain Brian Keenan.  Our Springfield Police Detectives and Officers, along with our public safety partners, continue to seize numerous illegal guns, including ghost guns, drugs and other paraphernalia.  It is because of the hard work from our detectives and officers that we were able to secure a warrant and seize this poison and take these illegal guns off our streets and out of our neighborhoods.  Our dedicated Springfield Police Officers will continue with their investigation and will find those responsible for dealing this poison in our community.  When that happens, Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood and I, along with our residents and business community, will again ask our courts to hold those suspects responsible for their crimes.”        

During the execution of the search warrant at the Overland Lofts on Chestnut Street Officers and Detectives recovered (All Approximate Values);

  • Tan Maxim Defense AR Pistol with optic loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition
  • Taurus Millennium G2 Firearm with a 12 rounds magazine
  • Black Glock Semi-Automatic Firearm loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition in a 12 round magazine
  • 30 round magazine loaded with 13 rounds of Ammunition
  • 17 Round Magazine
  • Glock Firearm Parts
  • Polymer 80 Lower and Metal Slide aka Ghost Gun Parts
  • 113 Half Packs of Heroin which equates to about 5650 bags of Heroin
  • 114 Grams of Crack-Cocaine
  • 453 Grams of Powder Cocaine
  • $28,023 in cash
  • 490 Grams of Marijuana in addition to 101 additional bags of marijuana
  • Five Hallucinogenic mushroom bars

During the execution of the search warrant at “The Smoking Pot” on Bridge Street, Detectives and Officers recovered (All Approximate Values);

  • Marijuana Wax
  • Pre-rolled Marijuana Joints/Cigarettes
  • Three small containers and one large container of Marijuana
  • Three Display Containers of Marijuana
  • $274 in cash

During the execution of the search warrant at the apartment on Lombard Street, Detectives and Officers recovered (All Approximate Values);

  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .380 Caliber firearm with a 9 round magazine loaded with 9 rounds of ammunition
  • Tactical Vest
  • 202 Grams of Marijuana
  • $454

This is an ongoing investigation conducted by the Springfield Police Firearms Investigation Unit.  No further information can be released at this time.  

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