Crack cocaine, shotgun seized during Springfield drug raid

Samuel Davis and Willie Bridges facing drug and gun charges

Samuel Davis (left) and Willie Bridges (right) face drug and gun charges in connection with a November 22 raid on a Fort Pleasant Avenue apartment. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two Springfield residents have been arrested following a drug raid at an apartment in the city’s lower Forest Park neighborhood.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Samuel Davis, 24, and Willie Bridges, 28, were arrested Tuesday afternoon following a lengthy investigation.

Delaney says that police received a search warrant for 51 Fort Pleasant Avenue Apartment 3-R, and a team moved in at around 2:35 P.M. Inside the apartment, police allegedly found crack cocaine packaged for sale, as well as a shotgun with ammunition. Davis and Bridges, who were in the apartment at the time, were placed under arrest. Delaney says that a third suspect targeted in the investigation was not there at the time, but that more arrests are possible in the case.

In a posting on the department’s official Facebook page, Delaney wrote that police are working to reduce drug sales and other criminal activity in the area.

“This area of Ft. Pleasant Avenue is considered a high crime area for narcotics and other crimes. The Springfield PD narcotics officers are working hard to clean this area up,” Delaney wrote.

Davis and Bridges are charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition. They were scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department