SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Ten people were arrested and nearly 750 packages of heroin were seized from a home in Springfield’s Brightwood neighborhood that police say was the center of a drug distribution ring. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that narcotics detectives had been investigating drug dealing activity operating out of 86 Washburn Street for about a month prior to the raid early Thursday afternoon.
“The investigation officers knew that this ‘dwelling of drugs’ was always occupied by a dozen dealers who would run drugs out of this address around the clock. The neighborhood was in fear,” Delaney said in a statement. “The drug ring used ‘lookouts’ and drug runners to make sales of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.”
Delaney says that around 1:15, police approached the home, and several suspects tried to run away into the neighborhood, but all of them ended up being caught by officers. A search of the home turned up 742 bags of heroin, 40 bags of cocaine, and 95 bags of marijuana, as well as scales and packaging materials.
The following 10 suspects are being charged with possession of heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, and marijuana with intent to distribute. Some of the suspects were also arrested on outstanding warrants. The arrested are:
- Alez Colon, 28, of Springfield
- Edwin Martinez Datil, 46, of Springfield
- Daniel Diaz, 33, of Springfield
- Angel Laureno, 44, of Springfield
- Samary Martinez, 36, of Springfield
- Miguel Montalban, 25, of Springfield
- Angel Morales, 29, of Springfield
- Ezequiel Ortiz, 21, of Springfield
- Roberto Ortiz-Santiago, 24, of Springfield
- Katarina Rosario, 31, of Springfield
Morales and Montalban both list 86 Washburn Street as their address. Delaney says that the landlord is working to get them evicted.