EXPIRED REGISTRATION LEADS TO SEIZURE OF TWO ILLEGAL FIREARMS INCLUDING GHOST GUN

Wednesday, November 9, shortly after 3:30 a.m. Trooper Corey Boileau and his field training officer Trooper John Ollari were on Pine Street in the city of Holyoke. Trooper Boileau was conducting traffic enforcement in the early morning hours and randomly ran the license plate of a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

Trooper Boileau’s check of the Mercedes found that the vehicle’s registration had expired in April. Trooper Boileau conducted a stop of the vehicle and made contact with the operator. Trooper Boileau confirmed the registration was indeed expired and called for a tow of the vehicle, allowing the operator to call for a ride home for her and her passenger, JUAN RODRIGUEZ-MENIER, 25, of Holyoke.

After the operator and RODRIGUEZ-MENIER stepped out of the vehicle, Troopers turned to conducting a motor vehicle inventory of the Mercedes prior to the tow arriving. Shortly after starting their inventory, Troopers found hidden in a fast-food bag in the passenger footwell, a loaded polymer 9mm handgun with a 17 round magazine inserted into the magazine well. This weapon had no serial number, what is commonly called a “ghost gun” due to the difficulty in tracking its origin. Neither the operator nor RODRIGUEZ-MENIER possessed a license to carry a firearm.

Upon finding the ghost gun, Troopers placed the operator and RODRIGUEZ-MENIER into handcuffs and transitioned to a thorough search of the Mercedes for additional contraband. During that search, Trooper Boileau located a SCCY 9mm handgun with an 11-round magazine in the trunk of the vehicle. While talking to RODRIGUEZ-MENIER, it was determined the operator had no knowledge of the illicit weapons and was released from handcuffs.

RODRIGUEZ-MENIER was placed under arrest and transported to the Shelburne Falls Barracks for booking. He was arraigned at Holyoke District Court on the following charges:

1. Possession Of A Large Capacity Firearm (2 Counts);

2. Possession Of A Large Capacity Feeding Device (2 Counts);

3. Possession Of Ammunition Without An FID Card; (2 Counts); and

4. Carrying A Loaded Firearm.