SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An investigation into what the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office is calling a “high-level heroin trafficking organization” has led to multiple arrests and the massive seizure of drugs, guns, and cars.
According to Hampden County DA spokesman Jim Leydon, ten suspects were arrested during four simultaneous raids in Springfield Monday at 73 Cherrelyn Street and 57-59 Sterling Street.
Leydon said extensive intelligence gathering led investigators to these locations, where they seized several kilos of heroin, as well as thousands of packed bags of heroin, firearms, and vehicles.
“That dismantles probably the most prominent drug distribution and trafficking organization in the region,” said Hampden County District Attorney, Anthony Gulluni.
The street value of the heroin found at the home on Cherrelyn Street was worth more than $1.3 million, and police took off the street what could have turned into more than 450,000 bags of heroin.
“We knew that this was a major distribution network, it’s all about timing and fortunate enough the good guys timed this the right way,” said Michael Ferguson, DEA Special Agent in Charge.
Our 22News cameras were on Cherrelyn Street Monday morning.
That’s where DEA agents and police found most of the heroin. They found illegal guns and shotguns on Sterling Street in a separate raid.
That house is bordered up now. Police, and federal agents say they are sending a message to heroin dealers and distributors.
“If you’re going to sell poison, be prepared to pay the price, we’re not going to stop we’re going to find you, we’re going to lock you up,” said John Barbieri, Springfield Police Commissioner.
The 10 men were arraigned in Springfield District Court.
Arrested at 57-59 Sterling Street:
- Astrun Pujols (27), of New York, NY
- Miguel Sanchez (24), of Springfield
- Josue Pujols (30), of Fresh Meadows, NY
All three were charged with possession of a firearm without a license. Josue Pujols was also charged with trafficking heroin 18-36 grams.
- 1.5 oz of uncut heroin
- 4 shotguns
- 2 loaded handguns
- baggies, grinders, and packaging materials
The simultaneous raid at 73 Cherrelyn Street uncovered what is believed to be the organization’s “heroin mill.”
Arrested at 73 Cherrelyn Street:
- Elvis Pujols (27), of Springfield
- Harlem Ciprian (22), of Springfield
- Yankey Ciprian (19), of Queens, NY
- Edward Ciprian (23), of Queens, NY
- Franky Mosquea (22), of Queens, NY
- Richard Ciprian (20), of Bronx, NY
They are all being charged with trafficking in heroin over 200 grams.
- 6 kilos of heroin with a street value of $1,350,000
- 4,500 ready-for-sale bags of the drug
- A mill set-up including packaging, cutting agents, baggies, stamps, and grinders that could accommodate 6-8 workers.
Some workers of the alleged mill at 73 Cherrelyn Street are believed to have lived at 57-59 Sterling Street at some times during the investigation.
Leydon said the alleged leader of the milling operation on Cherrelyn Street, 28-year-old Fausto Pujols, of Springfield, was arrested at an unrelated location. He’s being charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and heroin distribution in the city of Springfield, and trafficking in heroin over 200 grams.
The ten suspects have been arraigned in Springfield District Court and remain in custody:
- Astrun Pujols, bail set at $1,000
- Miguel Sanchez-Brito, bail set at $1,000
- Josue Pujols, bail set at $50,000
- Elvis Pujols, bail set at $100,000
- Fausto Pujols, bail set at $250,000
- Harlem Ciprian, bail set at $75,000
- Yankey Ciprian, bail set at $75,000
- Edward Ciprian, bail set at $75,000
- Richard Ciprian, bail set at $75,000
- Franky Mosquea, bail set at $75,000
Agents from the Springfield Office of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the Springfield Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, and agents from both the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and Internal Revenue Service all had a hand in dismantling the drug organization.
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