A 20-year-old Springfield man is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail after he was arrested Friday with a large capacity handgun and 650 bags of heroin.
Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said in a release that Kenen Monsanto-Maldonado was out on bail when he was arrested after a short chase. He had been arrested five times by Springfield police, including two heroin trafficking arrests in 2019 involving over 4,000 bags of heroin.
Maldonado was arrested Friday just after noon when narcotics detectives attempted to make a traffic stop on his car on Carew Street. Maldonado drove his car into the unmarked cruiser detectives were driving, then sped away, throwing his handgun from the vehicle as he fled. Police said he abandoned the car on Portland Street, and he was chased down by police and taken into custody on Main Street in the North End.
A search of Maldonado’s car turned up $8,740 in cash and 650 bags of heroin. A stolen cell phone was found in the suspect’s possession after his arrest, police said.
He was arraigned in Springfield District Court on charges of carrying a loaded, large-capacity firearm on a public way, possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession with the intent to distribute a Class A substance, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, improper storage of a firearm, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, negligent operation of a motor vehicle larceny from a person and failure to stop for police., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
He is being held at the Hampden County Jail in Ludlow pending hearings.