Mass drug bust in the West of the West … Pounds of fentanyl, thousands of packets of heroin and guns seized …
Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police, along with other law enforcement agencies, ended crime by arresting three people and seizing 15,000 packets of heroin, nearly 2 pounds of fentanyl and sixteen firearms, according to a state mass police statement.
In the statement, Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni said, “This interagency, multi-state effort has a significant regional impact on public safety in two states. Law enforcement has collaborated across agencies and states to shut down a major drug and firearms distribution network. I thank the investigators and agencies involved in this complicated investigation who worked collaboratively with each other to do their jobs and make their communities safer. “
Geovanni Saldana, 28, of Springfield, Alexander Rivera, 31, of Springfield, and Jose Rios, 34, were arrested. Saldana is being held on $ 250,000 cash bond and charged with trafficking heroin / fentanyl from 36 to 100 grams. Rios is being held without bail for possession of a sawn-off shotgun… 7 counts of possession of a firearm without an FID card… 3 counts of possession of a large capacity firearm… 4 counts of storage improper firearm storage and improper storage of a firearm. Rivera was released on $ 50,000 cash bond after being charged with trafficking cocaine of 18 grams or more, possession to distribute a Class A drug, possession of a firearm without an FID card, and storage inappropriate gun. The hearing dates have been fixed … for Saldana on November 1stst… Rios on November 9e… and Rivera on November 4e.
It was no small drug affair. When you treat fentanyl counts in pounds, not grams and thousands and thousands of packets of heroin, you are moving away from the streets targeted for all the mass of the west, including the Berkshires. This bust will help save lives here at home and throughout New England. I salute the police for their exceptional work in the case of the scum that kills or ruins the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. To the men and women in blue, bravo!
Photos of the mass state police
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