Massachusetts State Police arrest 5 in heroin bust

  • Heroin seized in a Chicopee bust May 22, 2018. Massachusetts State Police

For the Gazette
Published: 5/23/2018 2:36:22 PM

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts State Police arrested five people following a heroin bust in Chicopee and West Springfield Tuesday.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced on Wednesday the arrests of four individuals suspected of heroin trafficking and the seizure of a large amount of heroin, over 1.25 kilos. Another was arrested on a marijuana distribution charge.

Gulluni said state police assigned to his office, investigating heroin trafficking in Hampden County, gained information about a large shipment of heroin coming to the area. After witnessing a narcotics transaction at a self-storage facility in Chicopee, Gulluni said, detectives stopped the suspects’ vehicle on I-391 on early Tuesday morning.

Detectives found 400 grams of raw heroin, including 600 ready-for-sale bags, an amount which carries a street value of over $100,000. Detectives also found over $12,000 in U.S. currency and items known to be used in the processing and packaging of heroin, Gulluni said.

Two men were arrested at the scene, 41-year-old Fidel Gil of Hartford, Connecticut, and Paola Mercedes Reyes-Desantos, 23, whose address is currently unavailable. Both men were arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin over 200 grams and conspiracy to violate narcotic laws.

The seizure and arrests resulted in the application of six search warrants, all of which were granted. The search warrants included two residential locations in Springfield, a self-storage unit in Chicopee, a motel room in West Springfield, and two vehicles. Two of the locations resulted in seizures and arrests.

At the motel, detectives seized approximately 1,900 bags of heroin $1,200 in cash. At the self-storage facility in Chicopee, they found approximately 750 grams of heroin, with an estimated street value of $150,000.

These seizures led to the arrest of Christian Rivera, 22, of Springfield, who was charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, possession of ammunition without an FID, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; and Anthony Guadalupe, 22, who was charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams and trafficking 18-36 grams of heroin. Cassandra Cardona, 21, of Springfield, was also arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Gulluni praised law enforcement officials involved with the bust, highlighting the importance of disrupting heroin trafficking to deal with the ongoing opioid crisis.

“Aggressively fighting the opioid epidemic by disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations here in Hampden County continues to be at the center of our two pronged attack on the opioid epidemic,” Gulluni said. “My office will continue to prosecute drug traffickers to the fullest extent of the law while assisting those afflicted with addiction in finding the help and treatment they need.”

All suspects are expected to be arraigned on Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

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