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Investigation Leads To Recovery Of Firearm, Heroin, Crack, Cash In Western Mass

An investigation by Springfield Police led to the seizure of loaded gun, drugs, and cash.
An investigation by Springfield Police led to the seizure of loaded gun, drugs, and cash. Photo Credit: Springfield Police Department

A weeks-long weapons investigation into a Western Massachusetts teen led to the arrest of three who were busted with heroin, crack cocaine, cash, and a loaded gun, police said.

In Hampden County, the Springfield Police Department Narcotics Bureau arrested three teens at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, July 22 during a traffic stop at the intersection of Liberty and Chestnut Streets.

According to police, the arrests came weeks after police launched a firearms investigation into 18-year-old Miguel Dones, who was allegedly in possession of an illegal handgun.

On Thursday, afternoon, detectives tracked down Dones, who was seen leaving the Fernwold Street area in a car, prompting the traffic stop.

During the subsequent stop, police said that detectives seized a loaded high-capacity firearm, 35 bags of heroin, seven bags of crack cocaine, and more than $1,500 in cash.

Police noted that the juvenile driver did not have a license and he was placed under arrest. Dones was taken into custody on drug and weapons charges, and the third passenger, 18-year-old Douglass Moss, who is currently out on bail for a previous firearm offense was arrested on drug charges.

Dones, of Springfield, was charged with:

  • Carrying a loaded large-capacity firearm without a license;
  • Carrying a firearm without a license;
  • Possession of a large-capacity firearm during the commission of a felony;
  • Improper storage of a large-capacity firearm;
  • Possession with the intent to distribute a Class A drug;
  • Possession with the intent to distribute a Class B drug.

Moss, also a Springfield resident, was charged with:

  • Possession with the intent to distribute a Class A drug;
  • Possession with the intent to distribute a Class B drug.

No return court date for the teens has been announced.

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