David Olivo Jr., 27, of West Springfield was arrested on the corner of Westminster Street and St. James Avenue at 9:15 p.m. Sunday after officers pulled him over for having an expired inspection sticker and excessively tinted windows, police said in a statement.
Police said Olivo was reaching behind the driver’s seat when he opened his door, and officers later allegedly found 17 half-packs of suspected heroin laying there.
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Springfield Police Public Information Officer Ryan Walsh estimated that each bag of heroin sells for up to $10, meaning the dollar value of the drugs seized was as much as $8,500.
Walsh said officers on patrol in the area of St. James Avenue and Westminster Street in the McKnight neighborhood spotted Olivos car and noticed it had an expired sticker and windows with excessive tint. A check of the license plate also showed that the vehicle was not registered.
Olivo is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony with a defaced serial number, and possession of a firearm and ammunition without proper licensing. He was also charged with multiple drug offenses including distribution of heroin.
Walsh said Olivo was arrested in 2015 for selling heroin and was found guilty of possession with the intent to distribute the drug. He was also arrested in November on heroin and gun charges after an investigation into a “large scale heroin operation,” the department said in a November press release.
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Walsh said the November case is still pending, and that Olivo was taken to Ludlow Correctional Facility until his arraignment at Springfield District Court for this most recent arrest.
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