Springfield Police Officers Seize Firearm, Heroin after Property Damage Crash

Springfield, Mass. — On Friday February 25th at approximately 9:00 a.m. Springfield Police Officers seized a firearm, 30 bags of heroin and more than $1500 in cash after responding to a property damage crash at the intersection of King and Northampton Streets.

Officers responded to a single car crash where the vehicle had struck at a street sign and a fire hydrant.  The driver, identified as Jose Rivera, had a suspended driver’s license.  Officers performed an inventory search of the car prior to it being towed and located a firearm near the center console.  Officers also recovered a shell casing, 3 bundles of heroin and more than $1500 in cash.

Rivera was currently out on bail with a suspended sentence for drug charges.

32 year old Jose Rivera of Springfield is charged with:

  • Firearm Violation with 3 Prior Violent/Drug Crimes
  • Carrying a Firearm without a License
  • Possession of a High Capacity Magazine/Feeding Device
  • Possession of Ammunition without a FID Card
  • Drug Violation near a School/Park
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A Drug
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License