Springfield police seize illegal firearms, arrest three after traffic stop

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SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Police Department’s Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU) seized three illegal firearms and arrested three individuals on Burlington Street on the evening of Dec. 7.

Detectives, acting on a tip that 19-year-old Giovanni Ramirez was armed, located and followed his vehicle, initiating a traffic stop around 10:00 p.m. Upon stopping the car, detectives attempted to detain the occupants.

During the operation, the driver, identified as 22-year-old Evan Parks, repeatedly rammed into police vehicles with his car after initially ignoring commands to exit the vehicle.

After a brief altercation, detectives successfully removed Parks and a passenger, 19-year-old Kadell Hollins.

A firearm was discovered under the driver’s seat, and Parks was taken into custody.

Hollins was found with a loaded large-capacity firearm in his pants.

Underneath Ramirez’s seat, a third firearm was recovered.

Additional ammunition, oxycodone, over $3,300 in cash, and marijuana were also seized from the vehicle, leading to the arrests of all three individuals.

Parks faces a slew of charges including carrying firearms without a license, assault with a dangerous weapon, drug possession with intent to distribute, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Ramirez-Savard and Hollins face similar charges related to the illegal possession of firearms and the intent to distribute drugs.

All charges reflect the severity of the offenses as Springfield police continue to target illegal firearm possession and related criminal activities.

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