Springfield PD: Security guard at CVS arrested after selling cocaine while on the job


Two men from Springfield are facing drug charges after police found cocaine and cash during a search Wednesday night.

Springfield Police told 22News they were investigating an unrelated matter when they observed drug activity in the area of 600 State Street around 9:10 p.m.  

Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh said detectives saw a man walk out of a CVS and into the backseat of a parked car. After allegedly completing a drug transaction, the man got out of the car and walked back into the CVS.

After the car drove off, Walsh said detectives conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Worthington and Armory streets, and that’s when they secured two occupants inside the vehicle and located two bags of cocaine on the floor in front of the passenger seat. 

The driver of the vehicle was released, and the passenger, 27-year-old Hector Montanez, was arrested.  

Detectives then went back to the CVS and located 29-year-old Raphelle Rosario, who was working as a security guard at the store as an employee of an outside company.  

Walsh said the detectives seized $595 in cash from Rosario and two more bags of cocaine were found inside his vehicle. 

Rosario was charged with distribution of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. 

Montanez was charged with possession of cocaine.

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