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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Complaints about loitering in Sixteen Acres parking lots led police to arrest a suspect on drug charges Monday night.
Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Charles Roman, 31, of Springfield had a “Nutter Butter” snack cup full of crack cocaine hidden inside his car when police found him.
According to Delaney, police had received complaints from business owners and residents about people loitering around the parking lots at Wilbraham Road and Parker Street. They increased patrols in the area, and discovered at least one vehicle that was always in the area, and was being approached by young people.
Delaney says that the car was seen in other areas, where police had witnessed similar behavior.
Around 10:15 P.M., an officer spotted Roman’s car at a Parks Department parking lot at Breckwood Boulevard and Breckwood Circle. As the officer approached the car, Delaney says he could see plastic sandwich baggies, a scale, and a bag of cocaine. After asking Roman to get out of the car, the officer then allegedly saw the “Nutter Butter” cup stuffed underneath the parking brake.
Roman was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Delaney says that police will continue to patrol the same area around Wilbraham Road and Parker Street.