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Springfield, Chicopee police seize 1,700 bags of heroin, $12,000 cash

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Police seized more than $12,000 and 1,700 bags of heroin from an alleged drug trafficker residing in Chicopee. (SPD) Police seized more than $12,000 and 1,700 bags of heroin from an alleged drug trafficker residing in Chicopee. (SPD)
Mug shot of William Villegas, of Chicopee. (SPD) Mug shot of William Villegas, of Chicopee. (SPD)

Springfield and Chicopee police detectives worked together to take more than 1,700 bags of heroin and $12,000 off the western Massachusetts streets on Thursday.

During the course of an investigation, detectives learned that 28-year-old William A. Villegras, of Chicopee, was dealing large quantities of cocaine and heroin in the area, according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.

Chicopee detectives, who were watching Villegras, followed him after he left his house at about 5:30 p.m. in a gray Honda Pilot. He traveled to the “Auto Wash” near the entrance of the Springfield Plaza.

Detectives determined Villegras was making a narcotics delivery and the Springfield police “Street Crime Unit” converged on the area.

“Villegras attempted to get away by driving into police cars,” Delaney said.

He was boxed in by multiple police cruisers, but refused to open the car window or door.

The detectives were forced to smash the window and unlock the doors in order to turn the car's ignition off and take Villagras into custody. Police found him to be in possession of a large amount of heroin and cocaine.

Detectives then paid a visit to Villegras' home at 50 Carlton Ave. in Chicopee. The Springfield detectives were assisted by Chicopee police. The officers confiscated the following items during the arrest and search of the suspect's home:

  • 1,729 bags of heroin.
  • Three large plastic bags of cocaine.
  • Multiple bags of marijuana.
  • $12,718 in cash.
  • Personal papers.
  • Digital scale.
  • Cutting agents and other drug paraphernalia.

"If you deal drugs in Springfield, plan on having a new residence at the Hampden County House of Correction," Delaney said. "The war on heroin is being won, one arrest at a time in Springfield."

Villegras was charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
  • Resisting arrest.
  • Trafficking heroin (28-100 grams)
  • Trafficking cocaine (18-28 grams)
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

“This was a great arrest getting a major heroin dealer off the streets of western Massachusetts. The cooperation between Chicopee and Springfield PD's was second to none,” Delaney said.

Villegras was scheduled to be arraigned today in Springfield District Court on Friday.

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