Detectives seized 200 bags of heroin and more than $22,000 in cash from a married couple during a drug raid in Springfield's Liberty Heights neighborhood Thursday morning.
Narcotics detectives began investigating a large-scale drug operation at 90 Athol St. and secured a search warrant for the residence, which they executed at about 10:30 a.m., according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney.
When surveillance officers spotted the husband, identified as 23-year-old Benjamin Rodriguez, depart his house to make a delivery, officers moved in arrested him, Delaney said.
Police confiscated cash and an unspecified amount of crack cocaine that was found on Rodriguez and inside a minivan. The officers then secured the home at 90 Athol St. and arrested his wife, 23-year-old Jasmine Rodriguez, who was inside the house with her kids.
Police seized 200 bags of heroin, 20 grams of packaged crack cocaine, $22,875 in cash, drug packaging materials, cutting agent and other drug paraphernalia, Delaney said.
“This was yet another significant arrest in the war on heroin in Springfield,” Delaney said. “Police Commissioner John Barbieri praised the hard work and determination of the detectives in the narcotics division.”
Both suspects were charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. They were held for arraignment Friday in Springfield District Court.
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