SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Calling it a “major hit on the war against heroin in Springfield,” a police department spokesperson says officers seized nearly 22,000 bags of the drug during a raid on a home in Liberty Heights Thursday night. According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, 25 year-old Matthew Oquendo and 31 year-old Isaias Rosario were arrested as Springfield narcotics detectives searched 23 Silver Street, assisted by members of the DEA Task Force and Western Mass. Gang Task Force.
Delaney says that police received a search warrant for the home following a long investigation. In total, he says police found 21,930 bags of heroin, $3,319 in cash, and three handguns.
Oquendo and Rosario are both charged with trafficking in more than 200 grams of heroin (the total seizure amounted to 438.6 grams, Delaney said). They also face three counts each of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
In a statement on the department’s official Facebook page, Delaney said that Police Commissioner John Barbieri is making it a priority to target major drug dealers. “This arrest is a major hit in the war on heroin in Springfield. The Springfield Police Narcotics Unit has made great strides in making life difficult for individuals who continue to think they can deal this deadly drug in the city limits,” Delaney wrote.