SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Western Massachusetts is located at a convenient New England crossroads with I-91 North and South, and the Mass Pike East and West.
But that easy drive from New York City from the South and Vermont from the North also makes it a popular avenue for drug distribution along the so called Heroin Highway.
“Now Springfield and Holyoke and the area around here – the Heroin Highway – refers to parts going towards Vermont, New Hampshire, Pittsfield,” says Sgt. John Delaney of the Springfield Police Dept.
For example, in just two days Springfield police have confiscated 1,700 bags of heroin.
About 1,500 bags came from a large-scale distribution safe house on Wareham Street.
And early Thursday morning after a traffic stop for an expired inspection sticker at Main and Dover streets in the North End, police found another 200 bags of heroin in a most unlikely place.
“Hidden inside baby shoes was 200 bags of heroin and inside the car was a young man from Pittsfield that was coming in here to buy drugs and bring it back to Pittsfield for sale in their city,” says Sgt. Delaney.
Sgt. Delaney says heroin is plentiful.
What cost $20 or $30 a bag 20 years ago, now costs just $5 a bag and it’s more pure says Delaney.
Sgt. Delaney says the city’s latest heroin arrest is an example of the proliferation of heroin on the streets. It is cheap, available and the problem he says is only getting worse.