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Major heroin bust made in Hampden County, 5 arrested

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Authorities announced the details about a huge drug bust in Springfield where police seized 30,000 bags of heroin and half a kilo of raw heroin. 

The Hampden District Attorney's Office believes this bust is going to help decrease the amount of opioid-related deaths in the area, although they noted they can't take all of the credit for any lessening number of deaths.

Police arrested five people suspected of heroin trafficking in Hampden County:

  • 41-year-old Fidel Gil of Hartford, charged with trafficking in heroin over 200 grams and conspiracy to violate narcotic laws
  • 22-year-old Christian Rivera of Springfield charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, possession of ammunition without an FID, and possession of class D, marijuana, with intent to distribute
  • 21-year-old Cassandra Cardona of Springfield charged with possession of class D, marijuana, with intent to distribute
  • 22-year-old Anthony Guadalupe of an unknown address, charged with trafficking 18-36 grams of heroin, and trafficking over 200 grams of heroin
  • 23-year-old Paola Mercedes Reyes-Desantos, also of a no known address, was charged with trafficking in heroin over 200 grams and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws

"The distribution of these products often result in death and destruction, not only in people dying, but when you look at what the epidemic of addiction opiate use is doing to our communities, it's costing us billions of dollars and it's costing us many, many lives," said Hampden District Attorney, Anthony Gulluni.

Gulluni told Western Mass News the heroin that was seized, which was both raw and cut is worth more than $100,000.

"Each bag is roughly .02 grams of heroin. That's the kind of rule of thumb, and each bag is selling between $4 and $6 depending on the location."

On Sunday, the District Attorney's Office said a woman died of an overdose at the Econo Lodge in West Springfield where police made some of those arrests. 

Police did find that the woman had five bags with a stamp on them.

"These drugs were getting into the hands of people who are using them to support and sustain a habit and in some cases tragically dying from these substances," Gulluni noted. 

Police say busts like these can only help in the fight against opioids. 

On Tuesday, the state health department announced that for the first three months of the year, opioid-related overdose deaths declined by an estimated 5 percent.

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