SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are charging 22 people for allegedly selling drugs and possessing guns.
Of those 22 people, two men could spend the rest of their lives in jail. Others are facing up to 20 years in prison.
State and federal law enforcement officials have 20 people in custody right now who are accused of selling heroin and crack cocaine and possessing illegal guns. Agencies are looking for two fugitives.
In total, 22 men are being arraigned in state and federal court. Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri told 22News even though police got these accused criminals off the streets, they’ll continue to need the community’s help to crack down on illegal activities in the city.
“The majority of crimes are solved by witness identification and cooperation. It’s not CSI that comes in with a big white truck. People aren’t always nice enough to leave a hair, fiber or blood sample or fingerprints on scene and it takes a community to keep a city safe,” said Commissioner Barbieri.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News these arrests are results of an ongoing investigation. “There will be more sweeps so we’re going to send a message out there that we are not going to tolerate these guns, drugs, and gangs in Springfield proper.”
The following are facing charges:
- Federal indictments for distribution of crack cocaine were returned against: Alberto Correa-Martinez, 27; Stephen Tavernier, 28; Sherad Therrien, 24; David Faust, 26; Richard Freedman, 29; Jayson Green, 35; Aaron Smith, 30; Theo Waldron, 39; Dimitri Major, 36, and “one other individual known to law enforcement.”
- Luis Oppenheimer, 26 and Jose Vargas, 27 are charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute heroin
- Nagee Jones 22, and Jason Patterson 30, are charged with being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition. If convicted on these charges, Jones and Patterson face a maximum of a lifetime in prison, a lifetime years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
- Christian Paret, 20, and Ricarte Burgos, 25 have been indicted on drug trafficking charges. Paret is additionally charged with unlawful possession and sale of firearms and ammunition.
- Christopher McCollough, 33, and a fugitive known to police face charges for distribution of narcotics.
- Luis Reyes, Steve Hollowman, Jermain Davis, and Tarryl Green are charged with distributing illegal narcotics.
The announcement was made by officials from the Justice Department, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Springfield police.