SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Nine people were arrested and four illegal firearms were recovered in after two separate traffic stops in Springfield Thursday night.
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and Mayor Domenic Sarno held a news conference Friday announcing the arrests.
Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News, detectives conducted a traffic stop on the 800 block of East Columbus Avenue around 5:15 p.m. and arrested four men all believed to be involved in a Chicopee based gang.
19-year-old Matthew Swenor of Ludlow, 18-year-old Shan Diaz-Bradley of Chicopee, 22-year-old Jose Cruz of Chicopee, and 24-year-old Daniel Davila of Springfield were arrested during that traffic stop. Police seized two loaded firearms from inside the car.
Walsh said officers noticed a car and its passengers acting suspicious in the area of Glendell Terrace where a vigil for a recent homicide victim was being held. Officers stopped the car near Pine Street and Cedar Street and arrested five men from Springfield.
27-year-old Abdikadir Hussein, 19-year-old Victor Contreras, 25-year-old Matthew Ponce, 23-year-old Luis Andino, and 23-year-old Nathaniel Negrom were all arrested. Officers recovered two firearms during that traffic stop.
Walsh said in November, narcotics detectives have recovered nine illegal firearms and a total of 47 illegal firearms this year.
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