Fort Pleasant Ave suspects facing multiple drug, firearms charges

Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The individuals arrested Tuesday as a part of a month-long investigation into drug and firearm activity at an apartment on Fort Pleasant Avenue are scheduled to be arraigned in court Thursday on several charges.

The suspect who was shot by a Springfield police officer after striking the officer with his car is expected to be arraigned as well, but at Baystate Medical Center where he is receiving treatment.

Read more: Suspect shot by Springfield police officer identified

Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News the investigation was focused on an apartment at 68 Fort Pleasant Avenue. On Tuesday, officers executed a search warrant in connection with their investigation and made several arrests.

Suspects

23-year-old Geovonny Hernandez (not pictured above) was arrested after the officer-involved shooting incident at Forest Street and Belmont Avenue and remains in custody at the hospital. He’s been charged with:

  • Armed assault with intent to murder
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • Distribution of a Class A substance (5 counts)
  • Distribution of a Class B substance (2 counts)
  • Possession to distribute a Class A drug
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug (2 counts)
  • Receiving stolen property less than $1,200
  • Improper storage of a large capacity firearm
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony
  • Conspiracy to violate narcotics drug laws
  • Resisting arrest
  • Failure to stop for an officer
  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license
  • Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident
  • Larceny of a motor vehicle

33-year-old Julio Ramos, 29-year-old Melissa Destromp, and 28-year-old Kevin Thompson were arrested inside a third floor apartment at 68 Fort Pleasant Avenue. All three suspects have been charged with:

  • Distribution of a Class A Drug – 5 counts
  • Distribution of a Class B Drug – 2 counts
  • Possession to Distribute a Class B Drug 
  • Possession to Distribute a Class B Drug
  • Possession to Distribute a Class A Drug
  • Receiving stolen property less than $1200
  • Improper storage of a large capacity firearm
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony
  • Conspiracy to violate narcotics drug laws

31-year-old Rafael Santos and 26-year-old Jonathan Rivera were also arrested at 68 Fort Pleasant Avenue. They are facing the following charges:

  • Distribution of a Class A Drug – 5 counts
  • Distribution of a Class B Drug – 2 counts
  • Possession to Distribute a Class B Drug 
  • Possession to Distribute a Class A drug (heroin)
  • Receiving stolen property less than $1,200
  • Improper storage of a large capacity firearm
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony
  • Conspiracy to violate narcotics drug laws

28-year-old Jovan Torres was arrested on Longview Street in connection with the arrests at 68 Fort Pleasant Avenue. He’s been charged with:

  • Firearm with an obliterated serial number
  • Possession of a firearm in commission of a felony
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Improper storage of a large capacity firearm
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony
  • Conspiracy to violate narcotics drug laws
  • Distribution of a Class A Drug – 5 counts
  • Distribution of a Class B Drug – 2 counts
  • Possession to Distribute a Class B drug 
  • Possession to Distribute a Class B drug 
  • Possession to Distribute a Class A drug 
  • Receiving stolen property less than $1200

Walsh told 22News six other people were arrested on various drug possession charges.

Related coverage: Month-long investigation into drug, firearm activity in Springfield led to officer-involved shooting

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