3 arrested after drugs, ammunition, cash recovered on Fort Pleasant Ave in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police arrested three people after recovering drugs, cash, and ammunition from an apartment building on Fort Pleasant Avenue.

Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News officers searched 51 Fort Pleasant Avenue Monday due to reports of drug activity.

Walsh said 18-year-old Derrick Stenson, 29-year-old Yvette Howard, and 25-year-old Jason Torres, of Chicopee, were taken into custody during the search, which yielded more than 50 grams of cocaine, a bag of powder cocaine, 31 rounds of ammunition, and $6,300 in cash.

Walsh told 22News Stenson was out on bail after being arrested in late August on drug charges. He’s now facing the following additional charges after he was allegedly found to have multiple rocks and bags of crack cocaine in his possession on Monday:

  • Possession of a Class B susbstance with intent to distribute
  • Conspiracy to violate drug laws

Howard was allegedly found with 51.5 grams of crack cocaine, five bags of crack cocaine, several large bags of marijuana and 31 rounds of ammunition in her possession. Walsh said there were also two young children in the apartment where the drugs were easily accessible. Howard has been charged with:

  • Trafficking of a Class B substance
  • Possession of ammunition without a FID card
  • Possession of a Class B substance with the intent to distribute
  • Child endangerment
  • Conspiracy to violate drug laws
  • Possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute

Torres was charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws after Walsh said officers found him to be in possession of crack cocaine during the search of the building.

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