4 arrested on drug charges; child found in “unlivable” conditions

Gun and heroin also seized during operation

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Clockwise from upper left: Victor Street, Michelle Goodrow, Rafael Hernandez, and Michael Dionne. Images Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Four people have been arrested, a home has been condemned, and a child is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, after a drug surveillance operation in a parking lot ultimately led detectives to home where they found squalid living conditions.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Victor Street, 47, of Chicopee, and Michelle Goodrow, 34, Rafael Hernandez, 35, and Michael Dionne, 34, all of Springfield, were arrested Thursday morning, in an operation which also turned up bags of heroin and a stolen gun.

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Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

Delaney says that it all began at around 10:15, when police set up surveillance at a parking lot at 798 Carew Street, which he says is a known area for meet-ups between drug dealers and their customers. Once there, police allegedly saw Street pull into the parking lot and Goodrow enter his car.

The detectives followed them to Dionne’s home at 998 Liberty Street. Street dropped Goodrow off and he drove away. The detectives went to approach Goodrow, as she waited in the driveway, but Delaney says she then reached into another car- this one with Hernandez and Dionne inside.

The detectives arrested Goodrow, and searched the car, where they allegedly found 24 bags of heroin, oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, and a loaded handgun that had been reported stolen out of Southwick last year.

Another group of officers, meanwhile, pulled Street over and arrested him.

Back at 998 Liberty Street, officers heard the sound of a child crying from inside the house. They went in, where Delaney says they discovered a three year-old boy inside a house that was “unlivable with unsanitary conditions and excessive trash and clutter. The home smelled of urine and feces and had four dogs in it.”

Louis Santiago told 22News he was shocked to hear there was a child living in those conditions. “It’s heartbreaking and very surprising, anyway. No human being deserves that, especially a child doesn’t deserve to raised in that kind of condition.”

The house was condemned and the child was taken into DCF custody.

Charges against the suspects are as follows:

Victor Street

  • Distribution of heroin
  • Possession of heroin with intent to distribute
  • Possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute
  • Possession of hydrocodone with intent to distribute

Michelle Goodrow

  • Possession of a class A substance
  • Two default warrants for possession of heroin and cocaine

Rafael Hernandez

  • Possession of heroin with intent to distribute
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Carrying a loaded firearm
  • Receiving a stolen firearm
  • Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony

Michael Dionne

  • Possession of heroin with intent to distribute
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Carrying a loaded firearm
  • Receiving a stolen firearm
  • Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Possession of ammunition