SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 52-year-old Springfield man was arrested twice within 7 months for allegedly selling drugs from his house, which is in the city’s Historic District.
According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, detectives from the departments Narcotic Unit were investigating the house at 31 Madison Avenue for months before conducting a drug raid Thursday afternoon.
Detectives focused their investigation on the homeowner, William Braese, and a drug dealer known as Darnell Holbrook, Sgt Delaney said. The detectives had received multiple complaints from neighbors, especially after Braese’s home was allegedly being used as a drug shelter for addicts and dealers, and a “shooting gallery.”
On February 4th at 2:30 p.m., detectives raided the house and arrested nine people, including Braese and Holbrook. Sgt. Delaney said the detectives found packaged Heroin and Crack Cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and cash.
The following people arrested:
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- William Braese, age 52 of Springfield
- Darnell Holbrook, age 32 of Springfield
- DeCarlo Holmes, age 36 of Springfield
- Ronald Raymond, age 46 of Springfield
- Jasmine Delacruz, age 32 of Springfield
- Margarita Ramos, age 50 of Springfield
- Jose Cruz, age 46 of Springfield
- Alycka Wagner, age 42 of Enfield, CT
- Iris Andino, age 32 of Springfield
All of the suspects have been charged with Possession of Heroin With Intent to Distribute, Possession of Crack Cocaine With Intent to Distribute, and Violation of a Drug Free School Zone. Sgt. Delaney said the “Springfield Head Start” is located across the street from the alleged drug house. There’s also a homeless shelter down the street.
Sgt. Delaney said the Springfield Narcotics Unit raided Braese’s house back in July of 2015 after he was investigated for selling Heroin and prescription pills; that case is still pending
The Springfield Police and Springfield Code Enforcement are working to make the house go into receivership. Sgt. Delaney said the property has been in housing court for months.
The house is in terrible condition, Sgt. Delaney said, with a raw sewage problem in the basement. Members of the SPD Ordinance Unit are assisting the Code Enforcement to board up the home and clear out any addicts.