Fentanyl, cocaine seized after investigation into drug trafficking in western Massachusetts

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Five people were arrested and over two kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of cocaine, 11 firearms, and approximately $12,000 was seized after a long investigation into drug trafficking in the area.

According to Hampden District Attorney spokesman Jim Leydon, on December 5, members of the District Attorney’s Hampden County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant of 29-year-old Julian Delgado’s home at 26 Columbia Terrace in Springfield for his alleged involvement in the distribution of cocaine.

A prior motor vehicle stop led to the arrest of Delgado and yielded one kilogram of cocaine. After detectives searched his home they seized another kilogram of cocaine, found in a cardboard box under a Christmas tree.

Delgado was charged with trafficking cocaine of over 200 grams, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

According to Leydon, two days later, investigators learned that 39-year-old Maralaisy Gil and 41-year-old Junior Degracia of Springfield both would be traveling to the Lawrence, Massachusetts area to receive a large quantity of heroin/fentanyl. Later that evening, a traffic stop was conducted where officers seized six large bags containing approximately 2.87 kilograms of  Fentanyl from inside the vehicle.

Degracia and Gil were both arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin/fentanyl of over 200 grams.

The next day, detectives executed search warrants in Springfield and Belchertown where they arrested the following suspects as a result:

  • 45-year-old John Feliciano of Springfield is charged with:
    • Trafficking in heroin/fentanyl over 200 grams
    • Manufacturing in heroin/fentanyl
    • Commission of a felony while armed
    • Conspiracy to violate 94C narcotic laws
    • Unlawful possession of a firearm (10 Counts)
    • Possession of a sawed-off shotgun
    • Possession of ammunition without FID Card     
  • 46-year-old Jose Antonio Diaz of Belchertown is charged with: T
    • Trafficking in heroin/fentanyl over 200 grams
    • Manufacturing in heroin/fentanyl
    • Conspiracy to violate 94C narcotic laws
    • Unlawful possession of a firearm (10 counts)
    • Possession of a sawed-off shotgun
    • Possession of ammunition without FID card.

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“This really makes a dent in the supply of heroin and fentanyl to street level users,” said Gulluni. “We know people are tragically dying everyday from overdoses on these kinds of substances and this amount of fentanyl clearly would have been a threat for a very long time in western Massachusetts.”

Detectives seized approximately 400 Grams of heroin/fentanyl, eleven firearms (7 Pistols, 2 Rifles, 1 AR15 Rifle & a Sawed-off Shotgun), two ballistic vests, $11,200 in cash, and numerous rounds of various ammunition as a result of the searches.

Arraignment information was not immediately available.

The following departments assisted with the investigation:

  • The Hampden District Attorney’s Office
  • The Hampden District Attorney’s Hampden County Narcotics Task Force
  • The Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office,
  • Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
  • Springfield Police Department Narcotics Unit, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Homeland Security Investigations
  • The West Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee  Police Departments
  • Hampden County Sheriff’s Department
  • Massachusetts State Police’s Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team
  • Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni held a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss the investigation.

“This long running, multi-agency investigation has dismantled a prominent drug trafficking organization here in the western Massachusetts region. The large amount of narcotics seized, specifically the Fentanyl, and the dismantling of this organization, unquestionably has saved many lives. The agencies and officers involved should be commended for operating a very successful and intricate investigation that targeted the trafficking of Fentanyl, an extraordinarily potent drug that has killed thousands across Massachusetts just over the past few years,” Gulluni said.

According to Leydon, AG Healey’s Office has worked closely with federal, state, and local partners to fight illegal drug trafficking throughout New England.

The AG’s Fentanyl Strike Force was created in 2016 using a $1 million federal grant that has since been strengthened with an additional $5.6 million in funding to expand ongoing multistate and cross-jurisdictional investigations.

VIDEO: Full News Conference

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