Police say 2 men arrested preyed on drug dependent people at Methadone Clinic

Officers were allegedly investigating the two drug dealers

Left to right: Geraldo Rodriguez and Rafael Berrios, courtesy of the Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police arrested two men they say were preying on drug dependent people who go to the Methadone Clinic daily to kick their heroin habit.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that the two drug dealers set up shop in the parking lot of McDonald’s in the city’s north end located at 2392 Main Street.

Delaney said that this lot is very close to the Methadone Clinic, and gave the dealers access to approaching addicts.

Detectives surveilled the area around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and watched as the two drug dealers they were investigating were involved in drug sales. Detectives arrested Geraldo Rodriguez, 47, of 414 Chestnut Street in Springfield, and Rafael Berrios, 35, of Fort Pleasant Ave in Springfield, said Delaney.

Officers seized $1,765 in cash, as well as a large quantity of Oxycodone, Trazadone, and Alprozlam, said Delaney.

They are both being charged with:

  • Possession of a Class B substance Oxycodone with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Class E substance Trazadone with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Class “E” substance alprozlam with intent to distribute
  • Violation of a drug free school (New North Childrens Services)

They will both be arraigned in Springfield District Court.