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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Three men are under arrest and drugs and weapons have been recovered following an investigation in Springfield.

Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that detectives were investigating illegal narcotics sales out of a Hancock Street residence for the last several months.

On Thursday, police detained James Bennett, Michael Atkins, and two other people on State Street as they were preparing the execute a search warrant.

The two unnamed people were eventually released.

Detectives then executed that warrant on Hancock Street, where they detained Timothy Barnett and recovered two guns and drug packaging materials.  One of the guns had been reported stolen in Texas.

While at police headquarters, police allegedly found crack cocaine, cocaine, 97 oxycodone pills, and $520 on Atkins.

Barnett, 19, is charged with:

  • Possession of a firearm without a license (two counts)
  • Possession of ammunition without an FID
  • Improper storage of a firearm (two counts)
  • Receiving stolen property more than $1,200

Bennett, 34, is charged with:

  • Possession of a firearm without a license (subsequent offense) - two counts
  • Possession of ammunition without an FID
  • Improper storage of a firearm (two counts)
  • Receiving stolen property more than $1,200
  • Operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license

Atkins, 37, is charged with:

  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug: cocaine (subsequent offense)
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug: crack cocaine (subsequent offense)
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug: oxycodone (subsequent offense)

Walsh added that Barnett was out on bail pending the outcome of a 2018 arrest for an illegal firearm and that Bennett was also out on bail for firearms charges and wearing a electronic monitoring bracelet.

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