Springfield Police: Man was “traveling illegal pharmacy”

The suspect was arrested following a traffic stop

Courtesy of the Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who Springfield Police Spokesman Sgt. John Delaney calls a “traveling illegal pharmacy” was arrested Wednesday night following a traffic stop.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News officers patrolling the Forest Park area looking for drug related activity, pulled over a gray Nissan Altima that was not equipped with proper headlights. The car was on Dickinson Street, near Oakland Street, when officers initiated the stop.

Courtesy of the Springfield Police Department
Courtesy of the Springfield Police Department

Delaney said officers were drawn to the passenger of the car. He was allegedly acting suspicious and would not remove his hands from inside his jacket.

The driver of the Altima from Agawam said to the officers that he was buying drugs from the passenger and didn’t know his name, said Delaney.

The passenger refused to exit the motor vehicle. Officers escorted him out of the car for their safety and could feel large items in his coat. Officers found 241 bags of heroin stamped with the “Godfather” and “Welcome Back” logos, a digital scale, 6 Oxycontin pills, 14 grams of cocaine that were packages for sale, 8 bags of marijuana, crack cocaine packaged for sale, and $4,727 in cash on his person, said Delaney.

Officers arrested Anthony Rodriguez, 30 of 43 Baldwin Street in Springfield. He was charged with:

  • Trafficking cocaine, 36-100 grams
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Possession of Oxycontin with intent to distribute
  • Possession of heroin with intent to distribute
  • Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Motor vehicle violation, improper headlamps

Rodriguez was held overnight and will be arraigned on Thursday in Springfield District Court.