Springfield Police: 19-year-old “notorious” heroin dealer arrested

Police allegedly received complaints from the neighborhood.

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police arrested two men, one of which Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney calls a “notorious heroin dealer” that was plaguing the Forest Park area with drug sales.

Delaney told 22News detectives set up surveillance in the Forest Park area looking for a drug dealer that was selling bags of heroin near and around 185 Oakland Street. Detectives received several complaints from the neighborhood about it.

Edward Castro, and Daniel Thomas, Courtesy of the Springfield Police Department
Edward Castro, and Daniel Thomas, Courtesy of the Springfield Police Department

Officers allegedly saw the dealer, 19-year-old Edward Castro of 332 Dickinson Street, around 10:30 a.m. on Friday near Oakland and Dickinson Street. Detectives saw Castro make a sale to a customer, Daniel Thomas, 40 of 82 Hall Street. Officers arrested Thomas, and seized 10 bags of heroin, said Delaney.

Castro allegedly went inside 332 Dickinson Street, and had not realized that Thomas had been arrested. Detectives kept him under surveillance, and within five minutes Castro left carrying a small back pack, said Delaney.

Castro was arrested and officers allegedly seized 310 bags of heroin marked with the “Rolex” and “Training Day” logos. Officers also seized $3,334 in cash that was stuffed in his pockets, as well as .5 grams of pure heroin yet to be packaged, chunks of crack cocaine, and a bag of marijuana, said Delaney.

Castro’s charges:

  • Distribution of heroin
  • Possession of heroin with the intent to distribute
  • Possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute
  • Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute
  • Violation of a drug free school zone (New Leadership)

Thomas was charged with possession heroin and default warrant for failure to provide DNA Date Base Sample.

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

 

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