Springfield police find hidden compartment in child’s car seat used to store heroin


Springfield police seized more than 100 bags of heroin and found a hidden compartment in a child’s car seat used to store heroin. 

Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said police arrested two heroin dealers, 51-year-old Carlos Rodriguez, and 49-year-old Pablo Torres, and a third will be summonsed to court.

Detectives were investigating heroin sales out of a Belle Street apartment for the past few months. 

Around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, detectives conducted a search warrant at the apartment and recovered $1,812 in cash. Rodriguez was arrested, said Walsh.  

Around 4:20 p.m., detectives arrested two people working with Rodriguez near the intersection of Wilbraham Road and Albermarle Street. Torres had six bags of heroin on him, said Walsh. 

42-year-old Pedro Benitez was arrested, but requested to seek medical attention and will be summonsed to court to face charges, said Walsh. 

During a search of Benitz’s car, detectives found a hidden compartment in a child’s car seat. Underneath the cushion, an area had been hollowed out to fit half packs of heroin. It was empty at the time, said Walsh. 

During the course of the investigation, 106 bags of heroin and $2,463 in cash was recovered. 

Rodriguez and Torres are both charged with two counts of distribution of a Class A drug, possession with the intent to distribute a Class A drug, and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws. 

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