7 arrested in 3 Springfield drug raids

From upper left to lower right: Alex Garcia, Luis Garcia, Jennifer Cruz, Victor Moctezuma, Jose Orta, and Joseph Ortiz. Not pictured: Ramon Luis Melendez. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three raids on apartments in Springfield’s Brightwood neighborhood Wednesday ended with the arrests of seven alleged drug dealers.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that around 2:00 P.M., narcotics detectives simultaneously raided 9 Orchard St., 29 Orchard St., and 100 Division St., Apartment 301.

According to Delaney, the raids came following a heroin distribution investigation that had been going on over the past month.

Inside the apartments, police allegedly found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and class “E” pills, as well as $4,601 in cash.

The following suspects, all Springfield residents, were arrested:

  • Alex Garcia, 23, of 44 Kamuda St.
  • Luis Garcia, 21, of 29 Orchard St.
  • Jennifer Cruz, 28, of 29 Orchard St.
  • Ramon Luis Melendez, 30, of 9 Orchard St.
  • Victor Moctezuma, 25, of 55 Orchard St.
  • Jose Orta, 19, of 11 Horace St.
  • Joseph Ortiz, 20, of 21 Daytona St.

They are being charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a class E substance with intent to distribute, conspiracy, and violation of a drug-free school zone.

They were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Springfield District Court.

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