SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Four suspected heroin dealers: a 23 year-old man, his girlfriend, and his parents, were arrested Tuesday evening, after detectives followed two of the suspects as they allegedly sold drugs and ran errands. James Galanis, 23, Princeza Aponte, 23, Peter Galanis, 59, and Susan Galanis, 53, are all facing heroin possession and weapons charges in connection with the investigation. Police Sgt. John Delaney says that detectives seized more than $12,000 in cash and 1,500 bags of heroin labeled “El Chapo” as part of the investigation.
According to Delaney, Detectives began investigating James Galanis, who they suspected was dealing heroin out of his home at 29 Los Angeles Street, as well as a safe house at 69 Kenwood Park. After obtaining search warrants for both homes, police followed Galanis around as he and Aponte in their Mercedes, as they allegedly made drove to make heroin deliveries. They also made stops at the Holyoke Mall, and at the West Springfield KFC for lunch. Police finally took Galanis into custody inside a convenience store at Newbury Street and Rimmon Avenue in Chicopee, and arrested Aponte as she sat waiting for her boyfriend inside the car. Delaney says a “large amount” of bagged heroin was found inside the car’s console.
Detectives then raided the houses on Los Angeles Street and Kenwood Park, arresting Galanis’ mother and father, who were allegedly part of the drug dealing operation. In their search, Delaney says police found 1,584 bags of heroin, $12,816 in cash, and several weapons- including a sawed-off shotgun, a 30 caliber automatic rifle, a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and two .40 caliber semi-automatic handguns.
The four suspects are scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Springfield District Court.