SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police say they seized more than a dozen bags of heroin from a 72 year-old man, who they say was making drug deals from his front porch in the city’s Bay neighborhood.
According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Cleamous Mitchell will be arraigned Wednesday following his arrest on heroin distribution and possession charges. An alleged customer, Frankie Sherman, 54, of West Springfield, was also arrested as part of the police surveillance operation.
Delaney says that narcotics detectives received word from several sources that a senior citizen was selling heroin at 86 Oak Grove Avenue. Neighbors complained the dealer was taking orders for drugs over his cell phone.
Police set up surveillance outside Mitchell’s home, where they allegedly saw him setting up deals over the phone and making sales. Delaney says the officers called in for backup after seeing Sherman approach Mitchell to buy drugs. Both men were arrested.
Mitchell had 14 bags of heroin on him at the time of the arrest, Delaney says, while Sherman was carrying two bags. Police also confiscated cash from Mitchell.