Traffic stop in Holyoke leads to discovery of illegal firearm

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Police Detectives assisted by members of the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit discovered an illegal firearm after stopping a car for a hand-written plate Monday.

According to a news release sent to 22News from Holyoke Police Captain Moriarty, 42-year-old John Collins of Chicopee was stopped on Sargeant Street by Maple Street and was arrested for allegedly operating a car without a license. After searching his vehicle during the arrest, police report that they found a .25 caliber firearm.

Hand-written license plate on a Ford Tempo Collin’s was driving and evidence of ammunition and a handgun. (Credit Holyoke Police Department)

Collins faces the following charges:

  • Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license 
  • Unregistered Motor Vehicle 
  • Uninsured Motor Vehicle 
  • Carrying a firearm without a license 
  • Possession of ammunition without a FID 
  • Improper storage of a firearm 



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