State police: Drugs, guns seized from Springfield home after trafficking investigation


A man is facing drug trafficking charges after police allegedly seized drugs, firearms, and items that could be used to impersonate police officers in his home. 

According to State Police Spokesperson David Procopio, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday state and Springfield police executed a search warrant at the home of 23-year-old Roy Santiago on 202 Tyler Street based on an investigation into crack cocaine distribution.

Procopio said when police entered the home, they found Santiago and another man in locked bedroom. After Santiago was arrested, police allegedly found a loaded gun under a blanket on a dresser and another gun in a holster. 

Santiago, according to Procopio, was not licensed to carry and said one of the firearms was stolen out of Windsor, Vermont last year. 

Tucker, a police dog trained in narcotics detection, was brought into the home where Procopio said he led officers to a closet and a stand in the room Santiago had been hiding. Police searched the closet where they allegedly found 118 grams of a substance believed to be heroin.

Procopio said officers and troopers seized 83 grams of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, several boxes of various bullets, drug marking materials, and two baseball caps with law enforcement logos.

Police also allegedly seized a black duffle bag that contained a security badge, two-way radios, rubber gloves, masks, a gun holster, tactical vests, and zip tie handcuffs. 

Procopio said an investigation found that all the items seized by police belonged to Santiago. 

Santiago is facing the following charges:

  • two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm
  • unlawful possession of ammunition
  • possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • two counts of improper storage of a firearm
  • trafficking in cocaine
  • trafficking in heroin
  • receiving stolen property

Santiago was held on $100,000 bail, and was expected to be arraigned Friday.

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