SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police arrested six people involved in a year-long investigation, seizing over 29,000 bags of heroin and $6,000 in cash on Friday. Police also arrested a man in possession of three firearms on Sunday.
Springfield Police Narcotics Captain Brian Keenan said officers began a search warrant around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning on Quincy Street and six individuals have been arrested during the investigation. Inside the home, officers found 29,573 bags of heroin worth over $150,000 and $6,700 in cash.
Two of the individuals were previously arrested. Police arrested 59-year-old Julio Rodriguez of Quincy Street, 58-year-old Stephen Fortune of Quincy Street, and 64-year-old Jorge Diaz of Cambridge Street inside the home Friday morning. Police also arrested 47-year old Carlos Lopez on Central Street.
On Sunday morning, around 1:00 a.m., Springfield police execute a search warrant on Derrick Cook at his Indian Orchard home, who police were investigating for illegal possession of firearms. Inside Cook’s home on Worcester Street officers seized a shotgun reported stolen from New Hampshire and two additional loaded firearms.
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Springfield Police Narcotics Captain Brian Keenan, and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno made the announcement of both incidents on Monday afternoon at a news conference.
In the announcement of this drug bust, Clapprood told 22News even though a lot of focus is on the current pandemic, the opioid epidemic is still an issue.
“Unfortunately the opioid problem is exacerbated by the pandemic, especially overdoses. We’ve had to increase our workers and clinicians with the mental health units. They’ve gone out to a lot of calls with our narcotics unit, so we’re trying to hit them on all fronts,” said Clapprood.
Last Wednesday, the United States Attorney’s Office hosted a news conference to discuss law enforcement’s efforts to reduce gun crime in Massachusetts as several cities in Massachusetts are seeing an uptick in gun crime.
Commissioner Clapprood was invited to the news conference and said this year the police department has seized a total of 135 firearms, some of which are high capacity firearms such as an AR-15 and an AK-47 as well as ghost guns.
In the last two months, 44 illegally possessed firearms were seized. Four individuals that were arrested in the last two months were wearing GPS bracelets, which Clapprood noted has not been an effective way to stop these suspects. Eleven were out on bail for firearm charges and more than 80 percent of firearms arrests were out on released pre-trial since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.