Springfield police seize illegal firearms and large amounts of drugs, two arrested

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SPRINGFIELD — In a coordinated pre-dawn raid on March 12, law enforcement agencies led by the A.T.F.

Boston Field Division, Springfield Field Office, and supported by local police units, seized four illegal firearms and significant quantities of fentanyl and cocaine.

Two suspects were arrested during the operation on Wilbraham Avenue.

The A.T.F. and Springfield Police Department’s Firearms Investigation Unit, along with Chicopee Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Holyoke Police, and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, conducted the raid at around 6 a.m. Authorities were executing a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession.

Christopher Garcia, 37, and Edwin Otero, 41, were taken into custody at the scene.

Garcia, who had been under surveillance for his alleged involvement in illegal activities, is now facing multiple charges related to drug trafficking and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Otero’s charges include an outstanding arrest warrant for motor vehicle violations.

During the search, officers recovered four illegal firearms, including a large capacity weapon, and over 100 grams each of cocaine and fentanyl.

The seizure represents a significant disruption to local illegal drug and firearm activities.

Garcia’s charges span from cocaine and fentanyl trafficking to multiple counts of firearm possession without proper licensing and improper storage.

Otero’s charges involve vehicle-related offenses, highlighting the diverse nature of criminal activities the authorities are tackling.

This operation marks a continued effort by law enforcement to combat the proliferation of illegal drugs and weapons in the community.

The investigation remains active, with the A.T.F. leading the charge to further dismantle illegal operations in the region.

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