SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man is facing multiple charges in connection with the seizure of $400K worth of un-cut heroin, a firearm, and thousands of dollars in cash.
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni told 22News 44-year-old Arquelio Cajigas was arrested as a result of a multi-agency investigation, for his suspected involvement in the packaging and distribution of heroin.
DA Gulluni told 22News Cajigas was under surveillance and was arrested at the Century Shopping Plaza in West Springfield.
He lived on Bay Street but kept his drug operation on Sherman Street to throw off police. Police raided both residences the DA said. D.A. Gulluni added that the bust further reinforces his support for easy access to the life-saving overdose drug, narcan.
“As available as we can make narcan, the better we are and the more lives we can save,” DA Gulluni said. “And that life that we save is a life that we can hopefully bring out of the depths and scourge of addiction.”
The Hampden County Narcotics Task Force recovered approximately 816 grams of un-cut heroin, a 9mm handgun, and $35,000 in cash after executing search warrants at 96 Sherman Street and 589 Bay Street on Tuesday. The Bay Street residence is believed to be Cajigas’ primary address.
Gulluni said the amount of heroin carries a street value of $400,000 and could yield up to 80,000 bags of the drug. He said a grinder, scales, and packaging material were also found during the search of the homes.
“”We continue to fight this epidemic by aggressively going after drug traffickers while also trying to assist those fighting addiction,” Gulluni said. “I would like to thank all the law enforcement agencies involved in this very significant bust, especially those troopers and task force officers from my office who initiated and lead this investigation. The Hampden District Attorney’s Office Drug and Gun Unit will now continue with our partners in law enforcement to aggressively prosecute this case.”
Cajigas has been charged with trafficking a Class A substance, illegal possession of a firearm without a FID card, possession of ammunition without a FID card, and operating a motor vehicle after a license suspension.