Police arrested an alleged drug dealer who was selling heroin in the parking lot of the Friendly's on Sumner Avenue, which is located directly next to an elementary school.
Narcotics detectives held the parking lot under surveillance Tuesday and at about 7:50 p.m. they witnessed a man enter the parking lot in a blue Hyundai. The man waited in his car and detectives later observed another man approach the vehicle.
Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said 27-year-old Vincent Lollio entered the parking lot on foot with a woman who went into the restaurant. Lollio approached the customer, identified as 46-year-old Mark Pinette, and sold him numerous bags of heroin.
Detectives then pulled into the lot and blocked Pinette from leaving in his car. Lollio spotted the detectives, fled toward Sumner Avenue and threw the cash and heroin he was carrying on him, Delaney said.
The officers tackled him and recovered $110 cash and 20 bags of heroin. Police arrested Pinette and confiscated the bags of heroin he had just purchased.
The woman who Lollio arrived with noticed the commotion and ran from the lot to a residence on Firglade Avenue, located just around the corner.
The woman cooperated and told police she ran because she thought a fight had occurred. She also said she had noticed a trend of Lollio being involved with the police.
The woman's mother also cooperated. She told police that Lollio lived at the house and had access to a private area in the basement where there was a bed, but said he did not pay rent.
Police obtained a search warrant waiver from the homeowner and searched the house. Detectives found $1,443 in cash and 350 bags of heroin with a “Boss” logo stamped on them, which were the same type of bags that were found in the street when Lollio ran.
“The war on heroin in Springfield is being won, one arrest at a time,” Delaney said.
Police charged Lollio, of 69 Sprague St., West Springfield, with distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, resisting arrest and violation of a drug free school zone due to the close proximity to the Sumner Avenue Elementary School, according to Delaney.
Pinette, of 153 Dartmouth Terrace, was charged with possession of heroin.
Both men were scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court.
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