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Springfield couple selling heroin out of grandparents’ house arrested with 700 bags

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Mug shots of Joshua Larace, 29, and Christina R. Monroe, 21. Mug shots of Joshua Larace, 29, and Christina R. Monroe, 21.

A Springfield couple was arrested Thursday night following a month-long undercover narcotics investigation.

Springfield police charged Christina R. Monroe, 21, and Joshua Larace, 29, both of 104 Undine Circle, with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and two counts of distribution of heroin, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.

"This was an excellent arrest getting two more heroin dealers off the streets," said Delaney. "Heroin abuse is at an all-time high in the northeast and the Springfield Police Department is doing its part to rid the deadly drug from the community."

The couple was allegedly dealing heroin from Larace's grandparents' home and making heroin deliveries at prearranged locations throughout the city, Delaney said.

At 8 p.m. Thursday two undercover detectives who were watching the house for nearly a month witnessed the couple attempt to make a drug delivery. The two officers intercepted them at the intersection of Wilbraham and Walsh streets. When the detectives approached the car they could see the two suspects attempting to hide items in the seats, Delaney said.

The detectives recovered 200 bags of heroin from the Volvo station wagon that the two suspects were making deliveries in. After transporting the couple to the Springfield Police Department, the two detectives searched the basement that Larace and Monroe lived in and confiscated another 520 bags of heroin and $2,000 cash, Delaney said. Police also found drug paraphernalia, scales and packaging material.

The couple was held in jail overnight pending arraignment in Springfield District Court Friday morning.

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