SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Nine people, including one juvenile, are under arrest after police shut down what they call a heroin and cocaine distribution ring.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says members of the city’s Narcotics Division had been investigating the sale of large quantities of narcotics from a home at 46 West Alvord Street over the last several months.
The investigation, Delaney notes, started after officers responded to resident complaints from the neighborhood.
Delaney adds that the leaders of this drug ring were also allegedly selling guns from that location.
Thursday afternoon, search warrants were executed on the second and third floor of the home. Seven people were taken into custody in the apartments, while two others were arrested in a car after it left the residence as the raid was underway.
Arrested in the raid were:
- 22-year-old Roberto Vasquez, of Springfield
- 18-year-old Kristall Collins, of Springfield
- 36-year-old Luis Devalle-Diaz, of Springfield
- 21-year-old Jeymi Cotto, of Springfield
- 35-year-old Heide Helen Santiago, of Springfield
- 19-year-old Johnathan Velez, of Springfield
- 32-year-old Joseph Ocasio, of Springfield
- 33-year-old Joel Cordero, of Springfield
- A juvenile, who cannot be named
During the raid, police confiscated
- 1000 bags of Heroin
- 30 grams of Cocaine
- Two hand guns
- 100 rounds of ammunition
- Packaging material
- Cell phones
- Two cars
Delaney says that Vasquez and Collins, the alleged ringleaders, are facing charges of carrying a firearm, receiving a stolen firearm, illegal sale of a firearm, inducing a minor to sell heroin, violation of a drug-free school zone, distribution of heroin, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
All the other suspects are facing several drug-related charges.
Arraignment is set for Friday in Springfield District Court.