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Drugs, Stolen Items Recovered Following Mason Square Traffic Stop


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A traffic stop led officers to the arrest of a Ludlow man and the recovery and stolen items.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that just before 3:00 a.m. Friday, officers on patrol were driving on Massachusetts Avenue in the city’s Mason Square neighborhood when they saw a 2008 Infinity traveling at a high rate of speed.

The officers also found that the car did not have an inspection sticker, and they were able to pull the car over near the intersection of Wilbraham Road and Massachusetts Avenue.

Delaney adds that when officers approached the car, they found that the driver, identified as 42-year-old William Brantley of Ludlow, was allegedly drinking Bud Light Lime and had a knife next to him.

Brantley was ordered to get out the car, and when he approached the back of the car, Delaney says that he began to fight with the officers “in an effort to get away.”

The fight continued in the middle of the street, and at one point, Delaney notes that Brantley reportedly reached for the handgun of one of the officers and tried to take it out of the holster.

Backup was called in and six officers ended up subduing Brantley and got him into a set of handcuffs.

Delaney explains that investigators searched the car and reportedly found 31 brand-new North Face jackets, a large bag of jewelry, and an iPhone in the trunk. He hopes that, through the pictures below, someone may know where the items came from.

When Brantley was taken to the police station for booking, officers then also found 120 bags of Heroin and $814 in cash stashed away in his sleeve.

Brantley is facing several charges, including three counts of assault and battery on a police officer, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, and attempted larceny of a firearm.

Arraignment is scheduled for Friday in Springfield District Court.



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