Springfield Police: Man caught selling heroin with pet Chihuahua

Detectives saw the suspect walking the dog around the park

Dimitriy Kreemer and Arthur Szczepanski (Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two men were arrested Wednesday afternoon near Stearns Square in Springfield after police allegedly witnessed a drug deal.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, around 1:00 p.m., Narcotic Detectives were called to the Stearns Square area for a report of a man, later identified as 31-year-old Dimitriy Kreemer of Springfield, walking around with a Chihuahua and selling “On Point” bags of heroin.

While conducting surveillance, Sgt. Delaney said the detectives saw Kreemer sell heroin to another man, 34-year-old Arthur Szczepanski of Agawam, who pulled up in a Honda Minivan. Detectives were able to pull over the minivan down the street and arrest Szczepanski; bags of heroin and Clonazepam pills were seized.

Sgt. Delaney said Kreemer attempted to run away with his dog, but was eventually arrested. Detectives seized 10 bags of Heroin and $308 in cash. The Chihuahua was placed with animal control.

Kreemer was charged with the following:

  • Distribution of heroin
  • Distribution of Clonazepam
  • Violation of a Drug Free Park Zone

Szczepanski was charged with the following:

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Clonazepam

Both men were arraigned in Springfield District Court.

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