Police: Dad had heroin in car while driving 6 year-old

Oscar Caballero of Holyoke. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department
Oscar Caballero of Holyoke. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police called the Department of Youth and Family Services after arresting a man for heroin possession while he had his six year-old son in the car.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Oscar Caballero, 26, of Holyoke, is facing charges including possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and risk of injury to a child following his arrest.

Delaney says Caballero was pulled over just before 5:30 Tuesday evening after he ran a stop sign on Forest Park Avenue, right in view of a police lieutenant.

According to Delaney, another officer (who made the stop on nearby Belmont Avenue) noticed Caballero had a young boy in the car’s back seat, without his seat belt fastened. He also says the officer saw Caballero was trying to hide something in his sweatshirt’s front pocket.

The policeman asked to see the suspect’s hands, and Delaney said that was when he saw Caballero’s hands were covered in a white powder. After conducting a search, Delaney says they found a baggie containing “a large amount of heroin,” as well as 600 wax paper bags for packaging the drug, $860 in cash, and a heroin sifter and grinder.

“Mr. Caballero’s six year old son was in the rear seat of the car (unrestrained) while he was driving on a suspended license, in a car that was not inspected, running a stop sign while making a Heroin delivery,” Delaney wrote in a statement sent to 22News.

Youth and Family services was notified, and the boy’s mother was called-in to pick him up.

Caballero is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

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