Springfield police arrest man with stolen firearm, drugs after traffic stop

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SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police arrested a man late Wednesday night after finding a loaded firearm and crack-cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Officers pulled over a car with a faulty headlight on State Street shortly before 10 p.m. Inside the vehicle, they spotted an open bottle of beer on the floorboard.

A further search under the driver’s seat revealed a loaded gun, and crack-cocaine was also found in the car.

The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Leonard Naylor of Springfield, was taken into custody on the 100 block of Boston Road.

The firearm was later confirmed to have been stolen from Chicopee.

Naylor, previously convicted of firearms charges in 2020, now faces multiple charges including carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a Class B drug, receiving stolen property valued at less than $1,200, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and a motor vehicle lights violation.

Additionally, he is charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license and having an open container of marijuana in the vehicle.

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