SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Several thousand dollars worth of drugs and guns were taken off the streets after a multi-state narcotics investigation. The Hampden District Attorney announcing this in a press conference Friday morning.
A total of three arrests, 16 seized firearms, 15,000 packets of heroin, and nearly one kilogram of fentanyl came out of this multi-state investigation.
“It's clear that this small group of individuals and probably associates around them were distributing drugs and more likely than not firearms in the region that's represented here, which is western Massachusetts and down into the state of Connecticut,” Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said.
Gulluni announcing the finding of a multi-state investigation where three men were arrested.
The first one is Geovanni Saldana, 28 of Springfield, who is currently held on a $250,000 cash bail.
Jose Rios, 34, of Springfield, is currently held without the right to bail on dangerousness.
Alexander Rivera, 31, of Springfield, was released on $50,000 cash bail.
Gulluni said Saldana who was coming from Hartford back to Springfield with a significant amount of narcotics on September 30.
“On his return trip to Massachusetts, he was pulled over on Interstate 91 in the Longmeadow area and was found to be transporting 95 grams of fentanyl and heroin,” Gulluni said.
Saldana was arrested by Mass State Police after that Connecticut State Police found more drugs and guns.
“The Connecticut State Police did observe an individual attempting to leave the location in Hartford where Mr. Saldana had left. The Connecticut State Police at that point sized 15,000 bags of heroin and 800 grams or so of fentanyl and a 9mm handgun,” Gulluni added.
Law enforcement issued additional search warrants. One of them at a house in Springfield one at 35 Kazbeck Street. Neighbors say that’s where Jose Rios lived.
“Which lead to the seizure of a significant amount of additional firearms, including several high-capacity firearms, a sawed-off shotgun, and one firearm equipped with a silencer,” Gulluni said.
Then the police made two additional arrests.
"Two additional individuals were taken into custody in connection with this investigation, Jose Rios and Alexander Rivera," Gulluni said.
All three men are facing serious charges. Further charges may result from Connecticut upon further investigation.