SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Detectives seized an AK-47 and arrested three people Wednesday morning after an investigation into illegal firearms in Springfield.
Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News, narcotics detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant for an apartment on the 0-100 block of Allen Street and executed the search warrant at 1:10 a.m., securing five individuals inside.
Officers arrested 23-year-old Shaquan Morales and 20-year-old Dayquan Ortiz.
A sixth person, 23-year-old Vladimir Rodriguez, ran out of his bedroom in the apartment and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Detectives seized 12 bags of crack-cocaine and various ammunition in Rodriguez’s bedroom.
From inside the apartment, officers seized an AK-47 with a 30 round magazine and 18 rounds of ammunition for the AK-47. Walsh said three individuals were determined not to be involved and were released. Morales and Ortiz are charged with the following:
- Possession of a firearm without a license to carry
- Possession of a high capacity feeding device
- Improper storage of a firearm
- Possession of ammunition without an FID card
Rodriguez is charged with possession with the intent to distribute a class B drug and possession of ammunition without an FID card.
Narcotics detectives have seized 38 illegally possessed firearms since July, 21 of which were large capacity firearms.