SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police continue to put pressure on the city’s heroin traffickers.
Narcotics officers led by Lt. Steven Kent confiscated more than 15,200 bags of heroin from a home at 117 Oakland Street in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood, during a raid Friday night. Police also found two pounds of marijuana, and over $10,000 in cash.
Springfield Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said officers are targeting large scale heroin dealers.
Police Commissioner John Barbieri told 22News how important it is to put these drug dealers out of business. “What we have out there is dealers that are selling poison. They’re ruining people’s lives. There’s a lot of deaths, as you can probably tell by the obits. Many, many young people – their lives are just being wasted through opiate addiction. So it’s our job to take them off the street and try to interdict the amount of opiates that are on the street.”
35-year-old David Gomez. 45-year-old Carlos Pagan, 45-year-old Eddie Carrasquillo and 26-year-old Jose Antonio Lopez, all from Springfield, were arrested and were charged with several crimes including possesion of heroin with intent to distribute. The four alleged heroin dealers were said to be using the Oakland Street apartment as their base of operations.
They will be arraigned in Springfield on Monday.