SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two brothers are under arrest after police say they were selling and trading drugs and money for stolen merchandise.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that Vice Detectives had received information that shoplifters were stealing or shoplifting items from CVS stores across western Massachusetts and bring them to Cabrera Market at 520 Union Street to be bought or traded.
In exchange for the merchandise, Delaney explains that money or drugs would be given.
After obtaining search warrants from Springfield District Court, late Thursday afternoon, detectives, working with members of the CVS Loss Prevention team, raided the market.
As officers entered the store, they reportedly saw 45-year-old Adelzo Lantigua sitting behind the counter, “cutting up crack Cocaine and putting the chunks into small plastic baggies,” Delaney says, adding that as Adelzo saw the officers, he tried to hide the drugs.
Officers quickly arrested Adelzo Lanqigua and his brother, 50-year-old Franklin Lantigua, and confiscated the drugs.
A search of the store found hundreds of dollars worth of stolen items from CVS, many of which still had CVS price tags affixed to them.
Items included: Febreeze candles, Red Bull, T-Shirts, baby formula, Caress soap, Dial soap, Axe body spray, liquid Dove soap, Bic lighters, and boxes of Nicotine gum.
Both men are being charged with receiving stolen property over $250, conspiracy to violate the Narcotics drug law, and possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute. Their arraignment is scheduled for Friday in Springfield District Court.
The investigation remains ongoing.