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Springfield Police Break Up “Crack House”

TOP: (L) Jerry Frank, (R) Louis Butler / BOTTOM: (L) Harold Wilson, (R) Curtis Dudley

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – “Text-A-Tip” messages to Springfield Police have led them to break up what they are calling a “crack house.”

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 7:45 Tuesday night, detectives raided the first and second floors of a home at 194 Hancock Street.

The raid was in response to several text message complaints from neighbors that had been sent into the police department.

After getting a search warrant from Springfield District Court, officers headed to the home.

As officers were heading towards home with a battering ram, people in the front were allegedly seen tossing crack to the ground, and began screaming “Cops!”

Officers then rushed inside to try and stop anyone in the home from flushing the evidence.

Police arrested four men in the raid:

  • 44-year-old Jerry Frank of Hancock Street
  • 63-year-old Louis Butler of Hancock Street
  • 23-year-old Harold Wilson of Somerset Street
  • 52-year-old Curtis Dudley of Spear Street

Officers recovered 16 grams of crack cocaine, cash, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia from inside the home.

All four men were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and violation of a drug free school zone. They are set to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

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