Springfield police arrest Kenen Monsanto-Maldonado, recover unlawful gun, heroin & $8,700 in cash

Springfield police arrest Kenen Monsanto-Maldonado, recover unlawful gun, heroin & $8,700 in cash SPRINGFIELD - A 20-year-old city man is facing drug, unlawful firearm, and assault charges after he reportedly rammed into an unmarked police car Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop on Carew Street, police said.

Kenen Monsanto-Maldonado of Bartlett Street is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license, larceny, and other charges.

Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said narcotics detectives in an unmarked car attempted to pull Monsanto-Maldonado over on Carew Street, but he rammed their vehicle and then sped off. The officers were not injured.

The car was recovered on Portland Street, and police found $8,740 in cash and 650 bags of heroin, Walsh said. The gun was found on Chestnut Street.

Monsanto-Maldonado has arrested a block away on Main Street in the North End following a brief foot chase. He had in his possession a cell phone that he stole from a passerby during the chase, Walsh said.

Walsh said Monsanto-Maldonado has a long history with the department, having been arrested five times previously by the Narcotics Unit in the last few years. His most recent arrest was in November when he was charged with drug trafficking. Police stopped his car and 1,100 bags of heroin and $5,400 in cash.

He was out on bail and awaiting trial on those charges at the time of his arrest Wednesday, Walsh said.

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