Alleged crack dealer and customer arrested following police surveillance

Cornell Robbins (left) was arrested after Springfield police allegedly witnessed him selling drugs to Derek Besaw (right). Images courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who police say they saw selling crack cocaine to a customer in his driveway “like this was a drive through window at McDonalds” was arrested Wednesday evening. Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Cornell Robbins, 39, of Springfield, was arrested after police set up surveillance near his 292 Page Boulevard home.

According to Delaney, police received information that Robbins was making narcotics deliveries to waiting customers across the city. But while conducting their surveillance Wednesday, police didn’t have to follow him out of the house.

Delaney said that detectives witnessed a Lincoln pull up into Robbins’ driveway, where Robbins made a drug sale. In a news release sent to 22News, the department spokesman compared Robbins’ selling practice to the way fast food restaurants serve their customers.

After the Lincoln drove away, police pulled over the driver, 40 year-old Derek Besaw of Springfield. Besaw is being charged with possession of cocaine.

Robbins, meanwhile, had left his house, and police pulled him over and made their arrest. Delaney says officers seized a “large amount” of crack cocaine from him.

After obtaining a search warrant for the house, police allegedly found more crack cocaine, as well as packaging materials and more than $7,100 in cash.

Robbins is being charged with distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and driving without a license.

Image courtesy: Springfield Police Department
Image courtesy: Springfield Police Department

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