Investigation Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm and Trafficking Weight of Cocaine

Springfield, Mass. — On Thursday March 3rd at approximately 3:00 p.m. members of the Springfield Police Department’s Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU) under the direction of Captain Brian Keenan, Springfield Police Warrant Apprehension Unit, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department along with Task Force Officers assigned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Marshals Service and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)  seized a loaded firearm, trafficking weights of powder and crack-cocaine, oxycodone, additional ammunition and more than $9300 in cash after executing a search warrant on the 0-100 block of Middlesex Street based on an investigation by a Springfield Police Detective assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force.

For the past several months members of the DEA Task Force and Springfield Police FIU have been investigating illegal crack-cocaine distribution from an apartment on the 0-100 block of Middlesex Street with Justin Smith as a suspect.  Based on information gathered during this investigation a Detective applied for and was granted a search warrant for this home.  Prior to the execution of the warrant Detectives located Smith on the 1600 block of Main Street and detained him pending the results of the investigation.

During the search of the home Detectives recovered a loaded firearm, approximately 109 grams of powder cocaine, 18.3 grams of crack-cocaine, ammunition, 3 oxycodone pills and more than $9300 in cash.  Smith was placed under arrest.

26 year old Justin Smith of Springfield is charged with: 

  • Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm without a FID Card
  • Possession of Ammunition without a FID Card
  • Cocaine Trafficking 100-200 Grams (Powder Cocaine)
  • Cocaine Trafficking 18-36 Grams (Crack-Cocaine)
  • Possession of a Class B Drug (Oxycodone)