SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The owner of a store that a Springfield police spokesman says was operating as a front for a drug-selling operation has been arrested following a search in which marijuana, Oxycodone, and more than $17,000 cash was seized.
Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that on Tuesday, police arrested Khari Crittendon, 42, of Springfield following their investigation into drug activity at the “People’s Choice” store at 904 State Street.
According to Delaney, detectives had talked with informants, monitored the store, and made drug purchases. They then applied for and received a search warrant for the building, but before conducting their search, they followed Crittendon from his home and stopped his car right before he got to work. Police obtained the keys to the business from Crittendon, and went inside, where they allegedly found more than 2,560 grams of marijuana, 111 Oxycodone pills, $17,210 in cash, 34 glass crack pipes, three packages of “Char Boy” (which is used as a filter for crack cocaine), packaging materials for heroin, a digital scale, and other drug paraphernalia.
Crittendon was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, and violation of a drug-free school zone.