3 arrested on gun, drug charges after Springfield traffic stop

3 arrested on gun, drug charges after Springfield traffic stop

Springfield police arrest 3, seize heroin, crack cocaine and loaded handgun following stop on East Columbus Avenue

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police officers recovered a firearm, drugs, and made three arrests during a traffic stop early Thursday morning.

Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News a car was pulled over on East Columbus Avenue after officers observed it idling and then pulling into a closed gas station.

Walsh said the driver, 19-year-old Brayan Mejias, was taken into custody after it was determined he had approximately 4 grams of crack cocaine in his possession, as well as a digital scale.

Mejias' passengers, 19-year-old Jiovanny Delrio and 18-year-old Belkis Santiago, were also arrested.

Walsh said Delrio had crack cocaine in his possession as well as more than $900 in his fanny pack. Officers also allegedly recovered a loaded firearm and 37 bags of heroin in the backseat between Delrio and Santiago.

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SPRINGFIELD — Police arrested two city men and a woman from Northampton, seizing heroin and crack cocaine and an unlawful and loaded firearm, following a traffic stop on East Columbus Avenue early Thursday.

Members of the departments new metro unit, shortly before midnight, saw a car idling for some time before pulling into a dark and closed gasoline station on East Columbus Avenue, said Ryan Walsh, spokesman for Springfield police.

The officers conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver of the car, later identified as 19-year-old Brayan Mejias, had approximately 4 grams of crack cocaine in his pocket and a digital scale in his shorts.

Officers then found crack cocaine on a male passenger, later identified as 19-year-old Jiovanny Delrio, as well as more than $900 in cash in his fanny pack.

Police found the firearm inside the car, along with 37 bags of heroin between Delrio and 18-year-old Belkis Santiago of Northampton.

Delrio gave the officers a fake name during the incident, but his true identity was discovered during the booking process, police said.

Delrio, of Leyfred Terrace, and Santiago were charged with possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of firearm during commission of a felony and possession of heroin with intent to distribute

Delrio was also charged with having an active warrant and carrying a dangerous weapon while having active warrant and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Mejias, of Wilcox Street, was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and number plate violation to conceal ID.


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