$24K, 500+ bags of heroin recovered by Springfield police

Three men from Springfield and one woman from Connecticut were arrested

LEFT to RIGHT: 42-year-old Laura Jeffrey, 29-year-old Kayson Walters, 28-year-old George Yarns, 27-year-old Eddie Johnson Photos courtesy Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Detectives from the Springfield Narcotics Unit arrested three men and one woman Monday during a drug surveillance operation that uncovered hundreds of bags of heroin and thousands of dollars in cash.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News narcotics detectives set up surveillance around 11:00 a.m. and witnessed an alleged drug deal at a parking lot at Parker Street and Wilbraham Road. There, officers arrested 42-year-old Laura Jeffrey of Vernon, Connecticut, 29-year-old Kayson Walters, 28-year-old George Yarns, and 27-year-old Eddie Johnson, all from Springfield.

Delaney said detectives saw Jeffrey and Walters wait inside a Toyota Camry as a Mercury Grand Marquis with Yarns and Johnson inside pulled up. He said Walters got out of the Toyota and went into the back seat of the Mercury, where the alleged drug deal happened.

Photo courtesy Springfield Police Department
Photo courtesy Springfield Police Department

After Walters returned to the Toyota, Delaney said officers moved in and arrested the two after finding 500 bags of heroin and cocaine between them. Officers also found $24,265 in cash and a large amount of cocaine in the Grand Marquis, during their arrest of Johnson and Yarns.

The suspects’ charges are below.

Jeffrey and Walters face the following charges:

  • Trafficking in cocaine of 18+ grams
  • Possession of heroin with intent to distribute

Johnson is being charged with:

  • Distribution of heroin
  • Distribution of cocaine
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Springfield warrant for motor vehicle violations
  • Palmer warrants for assault and battery, strangulation, destruction of property, intimidation of a witness, fugitive from justice
  • New Hampshire warrants for drugs
  • Operating vehicle with suspended license

Yarns is being charged with:

  • Distribution of heroin
  • Distribution of cocaine
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute

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