Springfield man arrested, AR-style pistol seized in drug trafficking investigation

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SPRINGFIELD — A joint law enforcement operation on Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old man and the seizure of an AR-style pistol loaded with 22 rounds of ammunition.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. police executed a search warrant at a home on the 0-100 block of Seymour Avenue.

Earlier in the day, at around 7:35 a.m., the team had attempted to locate Josiah Cheeseboro due to an active felony warrant issued by Franklin Superior Court for drug trafficking charges.

During the operation, a loaded AR-style pistol was discovered in a bedroom closet.

Cheeseboro was subsequently found in the basement and taken into custody without incident.

Following his arrest, detectives obtained and carried out a search warrant for the property, confiscating the illegal firearm and additional loose ammunition.

Cheeseboro faces multiple charges, including possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, possession of a large-capacity magazine, improper storage of a large-capacity magazine, and an arrest warrant for cocaine trafficking of 200 grams or more, heroin/fentanyl trafficking between 36 and 100 grams, and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug law for a felony.

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