SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield Police say drugs fuel almost all crime in the city and heroin is one of the biggest instigators. It’s the reason narcotics officers are constantly patrolling problem areas, trying to get dealers off the street.
“Angel Giovanni Valentin — he’s 25 years old — is a drug dealer,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney. “He was selling heroin in front of 56 Montmorenci St.”
After getting a tip that Valentin and his cohorts were selling drugs along Montmorenci Street, detectives decided to set up surveillance in the area.
“An officer with binoculars got on surveillance and watched Mr. Valentin as he was circling around on a bicyle, drumming up customers, leading them to 56 Montmorenci.”
Police say Valentin was doing much more than just attracting customers while peddling around on his bike. They say on several occasions, Valentin was the one peddling the drugs — specifically a type of heroin referred to as “red face” heroin.
“One of the deals that they saw him make, the customer went up, bought the “red face” bag of heroin, walked down the street, the officers latched onto him, handcuffed him, got the bag that was distributed by Valentin and moved in to affect arrests on the the other people that were dealing drugs,” says Delaney.
Police seized 13 bags of heroin, $180 dollars and arrested Valentin for distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Since then, Valentin has defaulted on those charges and officers are concerned he could be peddling drugs again.
If you see Angel Valentin, call 911 or you can send police an anonymous tip. Just text it to “CRIMES” or 274637 and in the message type “SOLVE” and your tip.