4 people arrested in Springfield-area drug investigation, half a kilo of heroin, $ 20,000 in cash and seized gun

SPRINGFIELD – Local, state and federal law enforcement on Tuesday arrested four suspects as part of a year-long investigation into an organized drug trafficking operation supplying heroin to Hampden County, according to the report. Massachusetts State Police.

Arrests at four residences and several vehicles at different locations resulted in the confiscation of half a kilogram of heroin, already packaged for street sales, a gun and $ 20,000 in cash, the spokesperson said. from the State Police, David Procopio.

Enrique Alicea, 29, of West Springfield, Joshua Vazquez, 29, of Springfield, and Jose Alicea, 69, of West Springfield, were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams and conspiracy in view to violate drug laws.

A fourth man, Todd Cruzado, 33, of Springfield, has been charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Procopio said the investigation began in February 2020 with the State Police’s Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Enforcement and Enforcement Team.

Over the past few months, members of the state police team, the Hampden County Drug Task Force and the FBI Gang Task Force have conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance on suspects, during which they identified associates and clients. They also determined the methods used to transport the drugs from New York to Springfield, he said.

Other agencies involved in the arrests were the Hampden and Berkshire Drug Task Forces, the Sheriff’s Departments of Hampden and Berkshire, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security, as well as police officers from Springfield, West Springfield, Easthampton. , Westfield and Holyoke.

The investigation is ongoing, Procopio said.

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