Loitering complaints in Sixteen Acres led to the arrest of an alleged crack cocaine dealer.
Neighbors, business owners, their patrons, and even a Springfield city councilor asked for special police attention near the intersection of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road after there were complaints of possible drug dealers and youths lingering in the area.
Police launched an investigation and witnessed a particular vehicle in the parking lot on a regular basis. Police watched the suspect as youths periodically approached his vehicle, according to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
The investigating officer obtained the alleged drug dealer's name and found that he is a known criminal that has a record with the Springfield Police Department, Delaney said.
When police saw the same suspicious vehicle parked in the Breckwood Pond parking lot near Breckwood Circle and Breckwood Boulevard, they approached the car. The officer witnessed the driver with a scale, plastic bags and cocaine in plain sight in the front seat, Delaney said.
The officer startled the driver and had him exit the vehicle.
After searching the car, police found a "Nutter Butter" snack cup containing a large amount of crack cocaine chunks stuffed inside of it. Police also found additional cocaine rocks in the alleged dealer's pocket, along with $70 cash, Delaney said.
Police charged 31-year-old Charles Roman, of 28 Donbray Rd., in Springfield, with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to an arrest report.
"Officers assigned to that sector will continue to patrol that same area, and commercial parking lots to make sure it stays the same safe, well protected area in Springfield," Delaney said.
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