Three arrested after drug deal in Springfield, crack-cocaine seized


Todd Hankins, Robert Walter, Thomas Jones (Springfield Police Department)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police Officers arrested three men and seized a total of 71 bags of crack-cocaine after a Shannon Grant Detail on High Street Friday afternoon.

Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News, shortly after 1 p.m. officers stop 48-year-old Robert Walter of Holyoke in the area of Maple and High Street and seized a bag of crack-cocaine on him. Officers then stopped 59-year-old Thomas Jones of West Springfield, near State and Elliot Streets, and seized eight rocks of crack-cocaine from inside his pocket. Both Jones and Walter were arrested for possession.

Walsh said officers stopped the driver of a pickup truck, where Jones and Walter’s purchased the drugs from, in the area of Temple and Maple Streets. The driver, 27-year-old Todd Hankins, didn’t have a driver’s license. Police seized an additional 62 bags of crack-cocaine from him as well as $325 in cash.

Walter and Jones are both charged with possession of a class B drug and Hankins is charged with the following:

  • Distribution of a class B drug (2 counts)
  • Possession with the intent to distribute a class B drug
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a license

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