State police made the arrest after pulling the car over for a motor vehicle infraction. That’s when they discovered a fully-automatic assault weapon in the car.
The trooper pulled the loaded, fully-automatic, Tech-9 machine-pistol from the car. Police say it is capable of firing 30 rounds per clip.
The operator, Jose Espinosa-DeJesus, 26, and a 17 year-old passenger are both from Holyoke. The other three, including Winston Meijas, 19, and Alexander Cirino, 18, and another 17 year-old passenger are from Philadelphia.
None of the five occupants claimed possession of the weapon, so all of them were arrested on a series of charges and transported to the State Police Barracks in Springfield.
State police pulled the car over in West Springfield on Route 5, just as they were exiting 91.
All five will be arraigned in Springfield District Court on Monday, facing charges of possession of a machine gun, possession of ammunition with out an FID Card, possession of a large-capacity firearm without a serial number, unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm without a license, among others.