A convicted cocaine dealer was arrested Thursday afternoon after police found him with a handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said.
Police learned through a lengthy investigation that 26-year-old Tyrone Jones, of Palmer Avenue, was carrying the weapon near Bay Street.
Local police and members of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Task Force spotted Jones in a silver BMW at about 4 p.m. and followed the vehicle to the Shell Station on Bay Street. Officers surrounded the car and took Jones into custody after they found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun loaded with 14 bullets, Delaney said.
The firearm was reported stolen in a house break in Brattleboro, VT in January.
Jones was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded high-capacity firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with two prior drug or violent crimes, possession of a high-capacity feeding device and receiving stolen property, according to an arrest report.
"This is a very good candidate to get off the streets for a long time," Delaney said.
Jones has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for unarmed robbery in 2006 and selling cocaine in 2013, Delaney said.
"The Springfield Police Department continues to keep up the 'full court press' on violent suspects and gang members in Springfield under Commissioner (John) Barbieri's leadership," Delaney said. "These same type of criminals will be targeted in the future months to come"
Jones was held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment in Springfield District Court.
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