SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP/WWLP) — Springfield police have arrested a man they say had nearly 1,500 bags of heroin in his vehicle.
Officers conducting surveillance on a city park near Spring and Pearl Street, surrounded a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Jose Blanco at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police say Blanco was at the park to make a drug delivery.
Police searched the vehicle and found 1,450 bags of heroin; two grams of pure uncut heroin; more than $12,000 in cash; a fake beverage can designed hide drugs; several cellphones; and drug packaging material.
Blanco is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of trafficking heroin, violating a drug-free school zone, and driving with a suspended license. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
The arrest was the result of a three-week investigation.
” This was a great arrest taking a supplier of Heroin that delivers this deadly drug to street dealers throughout Western Massachusetts. The war continues …. dealer beware!” Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney
According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, this is the second offense for trafficking heroin. Jose Blanco was arrested in April during a drug raid on Wilbraham Avenue in Springfield.