SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who police say was trying to hide hundreds of oxycodone pills led officers on a chase from Springfield into Chicopee late last week.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that officers seized nearly $3,400 in cash, as well as hundreds of prescription painkiller pills following the arrest of 63 year-old Jose Barbot of West Springfield.
According to Delaney, around 8:30 Friday evening, police noticed a drug deal going on near the Boys Club on Carew Street in Liberty Heights. After watching the deal, police followed the red van driven by one of the men involved. They went to pull over the driver (Barbot), but as the officers approached and told him to open the door, Delaney says he stepped on the gas and left.
The officers got back in their cruiser and followed him, during which time police allegedly saw the man throw a plastic bag out the window on Armory Street. Police picked up the bag, and then continued to follow the van into Chicopee, where the driver abandoned it behind 244 Exchange Street.
Delaney says Barbot started walking briskly down the street, but officers spotted him and arrested him.
According to Delaney, the evidence seized included 384 Oxycodone pills, 15 Oxycotin pills, 10 Tramadol pills and 74 Clonazepan pills.
Barbot is being charged with trafficking in a class A substance (oxycodone), possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute, reckless driving, failure to stop for police, and violation of a drug-free school zone.