Investigation Leads to the Recovery of a AR-Style Rifle and High Capacity Firearm

Springfield, Mass. — On Friday December 17th at approximately 4:00 p.m. Detectives in the Springfield Police Department’s Firearms Investigation Unit, Holyoke Police Officers and members of the FBI Gang Task Force arrested Emmanuel Garcia and seized an AR-Style rifle and a second high capacity firearm after executing a search warrant at a home on the 600 block of Bay Street.

A Springfield Police Department Detective and a Franklin County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the FBI Gang Task Force were conducting an investigation into the illegal storage of firearms at a home on Bay Street and a suspect later identified as Emmanuel Garcia.

On Friday December 17th while conducting surveillance, Springfield Police Detectives observed Garcia leave his home and drive away.  The Detectives were aware that Garcia had a suspended license.  Assisting Detectives conducted a traffic stop of Garcia’s car near the intersection of Pine Street and Resnic Boulevard in Holyoke.  Garcia was placed under arrest for driving with a suspended license.

Members of the FBI Gang Task Force applied for and were granted a search warrant for his home.  During the search Detectives located and seized a semi-automatic firearm loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, an AR 5.56 MM rifle loaded with more than 15 rounds of ammunition and various additional ammunition.

42 year old Emmanuel Garcia of Springfield is charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm without a FID Card (2 Counts)
  • Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm (2 Counts)
  • Possession of an Assault Weapon
  • Possession of a High Capacity Magazine/Feeding Device (2 Counts)
  • Receiving Stolen Property Less than $1200
  • Possession of Ammunition without a FID Card
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License