MSP Gang Unit Raid in Springfield Nets Two Arrests, Illegal Gun and Ammunition, Cocaine and Heroin

Stemming from an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine from an apartment at 55 Earl St., Springfield, Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, along with members of the Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force and the ATF, executed a search warrant at that location Thursday afternoon.

As a result of the raid, Troopers and Task Force Officers arrested two men and seized a large quantity of cocaine, numerous baggies of heroin, and a semi-automatic handgun that had been stolen from a gun store in Ohio in 2018.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, a Trooper from the MSP Gang Unit observed the target of the investigation, GREGORY HARRIS, 38, of that address pull up in front of the residence. HARRIS was detained and members of the investigative team made entry into the first floor apartment. Inside, team members located the second man, identified as BURRENTON CROWLEY, 44, also of that address, lying face down on a bed. Troopers and Officers observed CROWLEY moving his hands around and handcuffed him.

During the search of CROWLEY’s bedroom, team members located more than 350 grams of suspected cocaine, both crack and powder, as well as a loaded Glock 26 handgun with a high-capacity magazine and multiple 9mm and .40 caliber bullets. In HARRIS’s bedroom, Troopers and Officers located more than 100 more grams of cocaine, both crack and  powder. Both bedrooms also contained paraphernalia consistent with cocaine distribution.

A query of the serial number on the firearm revealed that it had been stolen during a robbery of gun store in Lima, Ohio, in November 2018. Troopers filed gun charges against both CROWLEY, in whose room the gun was found, and HARRIS, because he is the renter of the apartment.

Troopers placed CROWLEY and HARRIS under arrest and transported them to State Police-Springfield, where they were each booked on the following offenses:

  1. Trafficking in Cocaine;
  2. Conspiracy to Violate Narcotics Laws;
  3. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm;
  4. Unlawful Possession of Ammunition;
  5. Possession of a High-Capacity Firearm in Commission of a Felony;
  6. Unlawful Possession of a High-Capacity Feeding Device; and
  7. Commission of a Firearm Violation by a Person who Committed Prior Violent or Drug Crimes 

CROWLEY was additionally charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, while HARRIS was additionally charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. The additional charges were based on further seizures of narcotics from the suspects or residence.

A bail clerk set bail on each subject at $50,000. They were expected to be arraigned in Springfield District Court today.

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