2 Springfield men arrested on several charges after traffic stop in Northampton

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Photo: Massachusetts State Police

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Two Springfield residents were arrested Saturday and charged with several firearms, and traffic violations during a traffic stop on I-91 in Northampton. 

According to State Police, 22-year-old Joel Rodriguez and 24-year-old George Black were initially pulled over after a trooper noticed the white vehicle they were traveling in had dark tinted windows and a tinted registration plate that was darker than the 35 percent limit in the state. 

After a brief investigation, the trooper discovered the vehicle did not have a valid inspection sticker, and Rodriguez, who was the driver, had a suspended license, and Black did not have a license. The two were removed from the vehicle and a tow truck was called after Rodriguez was unable to contact someone with a license to take control of the vehicle. 

After troopers searched the vehicle they found brass knuckles, a loaded gun, a loaded Glock magazine, a large quantity of marijuana, and a scale.  

Both Rodriguez and Black did not have a license to carry a firearm or an FID card. They were arrested and taken to the Northampton State Police barracks for booking. Their charges are listed below: 

Joel Rodriguez:

  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm
  • Carrying A Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card
  • Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (Brass Knuckles)
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession to Distribute Marijuana (Subsequent Offense)
  • Number Plate Violation
  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License (Subsequent Offense)
  • No Inspection Sticker
  • Window Tint Under 35% Transmission
  • Fail to Wear Seatbelt

George Black:

  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm
  • Carrying A Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card
  • Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (Brass Knuckles)
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession to Distribute Marijuana
  • Failure to Wear Seatbelt

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