SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Police Department’s Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU), along with other specialized units, confiscated illegal firearms, including two machine guns and eight Glock switches, as well as a significant amount of drugs, during a raid at a Plainfield Street residence on Friday.
At approximately 6:20 p.m., the operation was conducted by the FIU under Sgt. David Robillard, the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) under Lt. Matthew Benoit, and the C3 North End Unit under Lt. Julio Toledo.
The search warrant led to the discovery of the firearms, sear-selector switches—devices that convert firearms into automatic weapons—numerous high-capacity magazines, and cocaine, among other items.
Earlier that day, detectives had received a tip regarding 18-year-old Jemsen Ortiz’s possession of a firearm equipped with a Glock switch.
After obtaining a search warrant for Ortiz’s residence, the combined police units detained five individuals, including Ortiz, and secured the premises.
The search yielded two machine guns with attached sear-selector switches and loaded ammunition, various firearms, 13 large-capacity magazines, loose ammunition, cash, approximately 24 grams of cocaine, Suboxone strips, and bags of marijuana.
Ortiz, along with 41-year-old Angel Vazquez and 21-year-old Eduardo Clavijo, all from Springfield, were arrested and face multiple charges related to the possession and trafficking of illegal firearms and narcotics.
Charges include possession of a loaded machine gun, possession of a firearm without an FID card, trafficking cocaine, and other related offenses.