Springfield man facing gun, drug charges after traffic stop in Hadley

Published: 03/21/2021 12:45:46 PM

HADLEY – A Springfield man in possession of an unlicensed pistol and packing marijuana for sale was arrested after a traffic obstruction on Rocky Hill Road late Saturday afternoon, according to Hadley Police.

At 5:14 p.m., a vehicle driving 58 mph in a 30-mile zone was stopped and officers approaching the vehicle discovered a strong smell of burnt marijuana and observed two empty pistol holsters.

While speaking to the driver outside the vehicle, he admitted that there was a gun under his seat and that he did not have a driver’s license for it, police said.

A search of the vehicle revealed individually wrapped marijuana bags, a scale, cash and other indicators of narcotics sales. The weapon, a semi-automatic pistol identified as the FN Five-Seven, was housed with two 20-round magazines.

The 24-year-old man, whose name will not be released until after his indictment, was arrested on charges of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, over speeding, possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm and possession of ammunition without a FID card, Owning a large capacity magazine and owned with the intent to distribute a Class D drug, marijuana.

He is being held at the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction on bail of $ 5,000.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at [email protected]

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