Following an investigation into distribution of crack cocaine, on Friday morning Massachusetts State Troopers along with members of a regional task force arrested two Springfield men and seized a shotgun and a quantify of narcotics.
Troopers from the State Police Gang Unit, State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, and State Police Troop B Community Action Team, along with officers of the Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, executed a search warrant at apartment 28 at 109 1/2 Oakland St.
Troopers and task force officers located three men and two women in the apartment. All were detained and read their Miranda rights.
In a bedroom, police identified one of the men as RONALD INGRAM, 21, a resident of the apartment. INGRAM was wearing a court-ordered GPS ankle bracelet as a result of a prior criminal proceeding. In the living room, another man on a couch was identified as ANTHONY EVANS, 28, who stated he did not have a permanent home and had been staying at the apartment for about a month.
Under the living room couch, Troopers and task force officers found the lower portion of a Winchester 1300 12-gauge pump-style shotgun. The lower portion of the gun consisted of a stock magazine, a receiver to which a barrel would be connected, and a trigger mechanism.
Behind the kickboard of a kitchen cabinet, Troopers and officers found a shotgun barrel of a type that would fit onto the receiver on the lower shotgun portion found under the couch.
Inside a pair of sneakers inside INGRAM’s bedroom, police found two plastic baggies containing a chunky white substance believed to be crack cocaine. The substance in one of the baggies was further separated into smaller portions consistent with how drugs are packaged for street level sales.
Troopers and officers also found, inside an eyeglass class in the apartment, a plastic baggie containing approximately 30 grams of a substance believed to be powder cocaine. US currency in the amount of $195 was also seized.
The other man and the two women in the apartment were determined to have been only visiting or staying there short-term.
Troopers determined that neither INGRAM nor EVANS were licensed to possess a firearm. INGRAM and EVANS were each charged with unlawful possession of a firearm; improper storage of a firearm; and trafficking in cocaine.
Based on his prior criminal record, EVANS was additionally charged with committing a firearm violation after a previous conviction for a violent offense or serious drug offense.
The suspects were booked at the State Police-Springfield Barracks, then were transported to Springfield District Court, where they were arraigned.
The third man and the two women in the apartment were not charged. They were detained in the apartment only long enough for officers to determine charges were not warranted against them because they had no significant connection to the apartment where the gun and drugs were found.