SPD Firearms Investigation Unit Seized Firearm, Heroin Thursday Night

Springfield, Mass. — At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday members of the Springfield Police Department’s Firearms Investigation Unit under the direction of Lt. Brian Beliveau and members of the Metro Unit made two arrests, seized a loaded high capacity firearm and approximately 455 bags of heroin.

Detectives in the Firearms Investigation Unit received information that an individual was in possession of a firearm on the 100 block of Spring Street.  Detectives began to surveil the area and with the assistance of the Real-Time Analysis Center were able to observe two suspects in that area.  While waiting for additional Detectives due to the nature of the call, the suspects began walking onto Chestnut Street.

Detectives approached both suspects and they began to run.  One suspect, later identified as Yadiel Pena-Vazquez, removed a firearm from his waistband and attempted to discard it into a trash can before dropping it at his feet.  Detective placed Pena-Vazquez under arrest, seized the loaded high capacity firearm and four bags of heroin.

The other suspect, Jovaniel Gonzalez-Oyola, was taken into custody on Harrison Street.  Detectives recovered approximately 450 bags of heroin.

Members of the Firearms Investigation Unit arrested Gonzalez-Oyola on October 7th inside a home on Lincoln Street where three illegally possessed firearms and a trafficking weight of heroin were seized.

29 year old Yadiel Pena-Vazquez of Springfield is charged with:

  • Carrying a Firearm without a License
  • Carrying a Loaded High Capacity Firearm on a Public Way
  • Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number
  • Possession of a Class A Drug

18 year old Jovaniel Gonzalez-Oyola of Springfield is charged with:

  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A Drug