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Date: 10/26/2015 11:50 AM PDT

By Jack Flynn | jflynn@repub.com on July 09, 2015 at 11:41 AM, updated July 09, 2015 at 11:42 AM SPRINGFIELD – Two city men with six-page criminal records are being held without bail after being arraigned on new drug and gun charges. Jose M. Nunez, 26, and David Reyes, 24, both of Springfield, were arrested Tuesday night by police responding to 911 calls for another disturbance at 25 Wayne St. Following a motor vehicle chase, police confiscated heroin, marijuana, PCP, a firearm and more than $800 in cash from the defendants, Assistant District Attorney Karen McCarthy said during the men's arraignment in Springfield District Court. Both pleaded innocent to possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of PCP with intent to distribute, carrying a firearm without a license and resisting arrest. McCarthy requested $50,000 cash bail for each defendant, based on their six-page criminal histories and the severity of the new charges. Nunez not only has convictions in Massachusetts and Vermont in cases involving drugs and violence, but is also awaiting trial in Westfield on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, McCarthy said. Reyes also has a six-page arrest record, with convictions in Massachusetts and Vermont; in addition, he has a 25-page record of driving offenses in Massachusetts, where he is awaiting trial in a motor vehicle case, McCarthy said. During the chase Tuesday, Reyes was driving; while fleeing police at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, he struck a car parked at a traffic light, the prosecutor said. In addition to seeking $50,000 bail on the defendants' new charges, McCarthy asked Judge John Payne to revoke their bail in the pending cases. Defense lawyer Anna-Marie Puryear requested $1,000 cash bail for Reyes, noting that much of the evidence could be thrown if a judge rules police had no reason to pursue the vehicle. The 911 calls were for a disturbance at 35 Wayne St., where police arrested four people and seized cocaine, heroin, marijuana and four firearms during a raid last week. According to police, neighbors calling to report a disturbance involving a firearm Tuesday night said a silver car with Georgia plates was circling the house. But Puryear questioned the connection between the vehicle and the disturbance, and said the case was vulnerable to a motion to suppress. Nunez's lawyer said there was nothing tying his client to the car; to the drugs allegedly found in the car; or to the handgun recovered by police in the woods. Police reported earlier the two men were arrested after the car in the chase was left on Island Pond Road and the suspects ran in opposite directions. "This is one of the flimsiest police reports I've seen," attorney Randy Milou said, adding that his client works as a landscaper and has a pregnant girlfriend. Imposing $1,000 bail would allow Nunez to continue working, Milou said. Payne set bail at $10,000 for Reyes and $25,000 for Nunez on the new charges, then revoked their bails in the pending cases. Under his order, the defendants will be held without right to bail at the Hampden County Correctional Center.


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