Chicopee traffic stop leads to drug, ammunition charges for 2 Springfield men

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CHICOPEE — Two Springfield men were arrested on drug and ammunition charges following a traffic stop in Chicopee on Wednesday.

Walter King, 31, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, a number plate violation to conceal, possession of a Class B drug, and possession of ammunition without an FID card.

Michael Duquette, 30, was charged with possession of a Class B drug and possession of ammunition without an FID card.

A detective in an unmarked police cruiser observed a Nissan Maxima with no registration sticker on the license plate while operating on Front Street.

The detective ran the plate and learned that the plates were registered to a GMC Yukon.

After conducting a motor vehicle stop and requesting additional officers for assistance, the detective identified the operator as King and determined he did not have a valid driver’s license.

King was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

While speaking with King, the passenger, later identified as Duquette, was observed attempting to put something into his pocket.

Concerned for their safety, the detectives asked Duquette to step out of the vehicle and produce his driver’s license.

When asked if he had any weapons, Duquette advised the detective that he had a knife in his pocket.

While removing the knife, a folded ten dollar bill containing a white powder believed to be cocaine fell onto the ground.

Duquette was then placed under arrest.

During an inventory of the vehicle, officers located 29 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, a scale, and a small plastic bag containing a white chunk believed to be cocaine.

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