Springfield, Chicopee men arrested on gun and drug charges

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Two western Massachusetts men are facing gun and drug charges after police conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 91 in Springfield early Tuesday morning. 

State Police told 22News troopers arrested 41-year-old Jose Rivera of Holyoke, who had an active warrant out of Holyoke District Court, and 19-year-old Eivan Santiago of Chicopee after searching the vehicle they were traveling in. 

A State Police trooper stopped the Nissan Altima the two were in after determining it had a suspended registration just before 2 a.m., Tuesday. After investigating, the trooper determined Rivera had a warrant out for his arrest and took him into custody.  

The trooper then went ahead to inform the driver, Santiago, that the vehicle had to be towed because of its suspended registration. Police then began a tow inventory, and that’s when a gun loaded with 22 rounds of ammunition and a bag with nearly 1,800 different prescription pills was located. 

According to State Police, neither men had a license to carry the firearm nor did they have prescription for the drugs.

Both Rivera and Santiago were charged with the following: 

  • Illegal Possession of a Firearm 
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device 
  • Possession of Ammunition without FID Card 
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm 
  • Possession of a Class E Drug 
  • Possession of a Class E Drug with the Intent to Distribute 
  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm 

The two local men were taken to the State Police Springfield Barracks for booking and later transported to the Ludlow House of Corrections pending their arraignment at Springfield District Court later Tuesday morning.

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