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Springfield police arrest alleged heroin dealer, 4 buyers

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Gabriel Moreno, Holyoke, (left) was arrested without incident after officers found 300 heroin bags stamped with the “Louis Vuitton” designer logo and $1,233 in cash in his possession.  Derek Haagsma, Enfield, was seen purchasing 100 bags of heroin (SPD) Gabriel Moreno, Holyoke, (left) was arrested without incident after officers found 300 heroin bags stamped with the “Louis Vuitton” designer logo and $1,233 in cash in his possession. Derek Haagsma, Enfield, was seen purchasing 100 bags of heroin (SPD)
Nicholas Rzeszutek, 26, of 63 Oak Knoll Road, Hampden, Roger Trudell, 24, of 173D Main St., Monson and Nicholas Patty, 29, of 247 Dorset St., Springfield were seen purchasing 52 bags of heroin while traveling in a Hyundai Sonata. (SPD) Nicholas Rzeszutek, 26, of 63 Oak Knoll Road, Hampden, Roger Trudell, 24, of 173D Main St., Monson and Nicholas Patty, 29, of 247 Dorset St., Springfield were seen purchasing 52 bags of heroin while traveling in a Hyundai Sonata. (SPD)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The Springfield Police Department narcotics unit cracked down on street dealing last week in a North End neighborhood that is well known for heroin distribution.

Between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, a team of narcotics detectives arrested numerous drug buyers after they purchased heroin near Lincoln Elementary School. When officers attempted to arrest the dealer, he eluded police on foot through the Baystate Medical Center parking lot, Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said.

The following night, narcotics detectives, with assistance from the street crime unit, combed through the North End in search of the alleged dealer. Police spotted the Hispanic male, who was wearing the same clothing from the previous night, near the intersection of Cumberland and Chestnut streets. Gabriel Moreno, 20, of 36 Arnodale Ave., Holyoke, was arrested without incident after officers found 300 heroin bags stamped with the Louis Vuitton designer logo and $1,233 in cash in his possession.

While on patrol in the vicinity of Chestnut, Dwight, Main and Dover streets in the North End, police witnessed Moreno make two different heroin deals with four people Thursday evening.

Nicholas Rzeszutek, 26, of 63 Oak Knoll Road, Hampden, Roger Trudell, 24, of 173D Main St., Monson and Nicholas Patty, 29, of 247 Dorset St., Springfield were seen purchasing 52 bags of heroin while traveling in a Hyundai Sonata, Delaney said.

Derek Haagsma, 28, of 39 Enfield St., Enfield, was seen purchasing 100 bags of heroin from Moreno.

The suspects were followed out of the area and arrested by police. Patty, Rzeszutek and Trudell were charged with possession of heroin, while Haagsma was charged with possession with intent to distribute.

“Great arrest by a group of dedicated officers… they showed patience and professionalism,” Delaney said.

Moreno was charged with two counts of distribution of heroin, three counts of violation of a drug free school zone and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

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