SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – First on wwlp.com, the 22News I-Team has confirmed that a man arrested buying heroin in Springfield on Tuesday was a city employee.
54 year old Frankie Sherman of West Springfield was arrested during a police surveillance operation carrying two bags of heroin and he was an alleged customer.
Sherman works as a benefits consultant in the Human Resources Department and his 2014 salary is $61,938 according to Springfield’s Open Checkbook payroll website. He has been a city employee for the past nine years.
Springfield’s mayoral aide Jim Leydon told 22News there is an open investigation on the city’s end, where there could be disciplinary action anywhere from a reprimand to termination. Sherman was not working on Thursday, but it is unclear if he will be suspended with or without pay at this point, pending the investigation and the court proceedings.
On Tuesday, 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 was arrested on heroin distribution and possession charges.
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. Police also confiscated cash from Mitchell.