SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Two people are under arrest after police break up what they call a large regional cocaine operation.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that for the last several weeks, officers with the narcotics unit had been conducting an investigation into two people who allegedly were running a “large cocaine distribution center” out of the first floor of a home at 29 Brookline Avenue.
This drug operation, Delaney adds, “would deliver large amounts of cocaine throughout the region for street sale.”
Tuesday night, around 6:15, officers were set execute a search warrant when they saw a man, identified by police as 27-year-old Charlie Santiago, get into a Cadillac when police stopped and arrested him.
Delaney says that officer allegedly found a large amount of cocaine and $775 in cash on Santiago at the time of his arrest.
A raid was then conducted on the Brookline Avenue home, where officers then found 26-year-old Geneva Griffith running “along with several small children,” Delaney notes.
Investigators found 128 grams of cocaine, over $6,000 in cash, two handguns, ammunition, and various items of packaging material and drug paraphernalia during a search of the home. The Cadillac and a Dodge Magnum were also seized.
Delaney says that the one of the guns was reported stolen during a break-in two years ago.
Both Santiago and Griffith are facing several drug and gun charges and are set to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.
The children were placed into the custody of a relative and the state’s Department Children and Families was notified of the incident.