Troopers Arrest Man for Trafficking Cocaine; Firearms Offenses

Just before midnight yesterday Trooper Patrick Dolan, assigned to the State Police Barracks in Springfield, was patrolling Route 91 Southbound in Longmeadow when he observed a black Acura sedan traveling at approximately 90 miles per hour. The posted speed limit at this location is 65 mph. Trooper Dolan caught up to the vehicle and also noticed the registration was revoked. He activated his emergency lights and stopped the vehicle at the 0.8 mile marker.

Upon stopping the vehicle Trooper Dolan approached it and identified the operator as HANER NUNEZ, 21 of Springfield. After informing NUNEZ why he was stopped Trooper Dolan asked him and a passenger to exit the vehicle as it was going to be towed due to the revoked registration. During the tow inventory Trooper Dolan located a Bersa Thunder .380 pistol fully loaded with a round in the chamber. NUNEZ does not possess a license to carry firearms and an electronic inquiry revealed the firearm was stolen. Trooper Dolan also located a large plastic containing individual wrapped baggies of a substance believed to be Crack Cocaine and multiple wax packets of a substance believed to be Heroin. Trooper Dane Jobst then arrived on scene to assist Trooper Dolan in placing NUNEZ under arrest. A search of NUNEZ’s person revealed he was carrying over $1,900 in cash along with two cell phones. It was determined on scene the passenger was unaware of the illegal items and was released from the scene.

NUNEZ was transported to SP-Springfield where he was booked. A bail clerk was contacted and placed a bail amount of $50,000 on NUNEZ. The total amount of narcotics seized was 23 grams of Crack Cocaine and 40 small packets of Heroin. NUNEZ was later transported to the Hampden County House of Correction pending his arraignment at Springfield District Court this morning on the following charges:

  1. Possession of a Firearm;
  2. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;
  3. Possession of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony;
  4. Trafficking in Cocaine;
  5. Possession of a Class A Drug with Intent to Distribute;
  6. Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card;
  7. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration;
  8. Receiving Stolen Property; and
  9. Speeding.