Springfield Police Seize Drugs, Gun During Trafficking Operation

Springfield Police Seize Drugs, Gun During Trafficking Operation

SPRINGFIELD — After a two-month investigation, Springfield police arrested three men Tuesday afternoon, seizing a loaded firearm, heroin, cocaine and Xanax as part of a drug crackdown near Fernwold and Baldwin streets.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., detectives from the Springfield Police Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU), with assistance from the Springfield Police K-9 Unit and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, apprehended the suspects in an SUV.

The arrests followed surveillance of suspected drug transactions that occurred at 12:15 p.m. and again at 3:15 p.m.

Douglass Moss, 21, was taken into custody while sitting in the front passenger seat.

Officers found 33 bags of heroin, crack cocaine and $1,906 on Moss.

In the back seat was Khalil Laboy, 20, who had a loaded firearm strapped to his waistband and was found near two bags of cocaine and 15 bags of heroin, as well as $108.

Springfield Police dog Flexx alerted detectives to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, which led to additional discoveries.

The driver, Luis Alicea-Rivera, 30, was found with heroin, Xanax pills and more than $2,300 in cash.

The charges against Moss, Laboy and Alicea-Rivera include possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm without an FID card, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession with intent to distribute Class A, B and E drugs, reflecting the various substances recovered by police.