Three people charged with cocaine trafficking in Springfield

Three people charged with cocaine trafficking in Springfield

Credit: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three people were arrested in Springfield after police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and discovered drugs and an illegal firearm inside.

According to Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh, on Sunday around 5:50 p.m., officers observed a vehicle with a broken brake light and began a traffic stop. The vehicle with three people inside pulled into a parking lot on State Street and the 20-year-old driver was arrested. Aqil Rios-Thomas of Springfield, quickly got out of the car. Rios-Thomas was quickly arrested after police learned he did not have a driver’s license.


Officers also found a loaded firearm in a bag next to the 19-year-old front seat passenger. Josiaha Ayala from Springfield. The 39-year-old backseat passenger Samantha West from Newport, Vermont, was also pulled over to allow police to search the vehicle.

Officers seized a total of 588 grams of crack cocaine, oxycodone, ammunition, several bags of marijuana, a safe filled with cocaine, a double-edged knife and a total of $22,853 in cash. All three individuals were arrested.

Ayala was charged with:

  • Carrying a firearm without a permit
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
  • Trafficking in cocaine, 200 grams or more
  • Possession of ammunition without FID card
  • Possession with intent to distribute a class D drug

Rios-Thomas was also charged with:

  • Trafficking in cocaine, 200 grams or more
  • Possession of ammunition without FID card
  • Possession with intent to distribute a class D drug
  • Unregistered motor vehicle
  • Driving a motor vehicle without a license

West faces charges of:

  • Trafficking in cocaine, 200 grams or more
  • Possession of ammunition without FID card
  • Possession with intent to distribute a class D drug
  • Possession of a class B drug
  • Carrying a dangerous weapon (knife)

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