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Springfield Police Arrest Alleged Six Corners Drug Dealer

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield Police have taken a man who they allege was selling drugs in Six Corners off the streets.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that narcotics detectives had been conducting an investigation into a suspected drug dealer.

Delaney explains that that suspect – 22-year-old Joshua Ortiz, who also went by ‘Slim’ – would receive a call from a customer “on his cell phone and he would meet them on Cedar Street, James Street, Brigham Street, and other streets” in the city’s Six Corners neighborhood.

Investigators set up surveillance Thursday morning and reportedly watched as Ortiz made a sale to another man.

“After the sale the detectives arrested the customer, ‘Slim observed the approaching detectives and a foot chase was on,” Delaney says, adding that as the chase was on, detectives reportedly saw Ortiz “throwing bundles of Heroin, bags of Cocaine and Marijuana.”

Ortiz was apprehended and placed under arrest. He is facing several drug charges, including distribution of Heroin, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Investigators recovered 100 bags of Heroin, a large bag of cocaine, and Marijuana, along with $315 in cash and a cell phone.

Ortiz is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Springfield District Court.


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