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Police raid leads to charges for heroin trafficking

Two men in Massachusetts were taken into custody on Oct. 3 after authorities allegedly found marijuana, heroin and packaging materials in their Springfield apartment. Police say the 20- and 27-year-old men are both suspected of supplying heroin to gang members and dealing heroin around Western Massachusetts. Before the men were handed the drug charges, their apartment had reportedly been under surveillance by detectives who believed it was being used as a drug distribution center.

According to the police report, during the 9 a.m. raid, police seized 1,432 packages of heroin that were each decorated with a stamp that read "Interstate 91." The report says that cash totaling $3,294 was also seized along with a bulletproof vest, a firearm and 25 rounds of ammunition. Police also say they seized an unknown quantity of marijuana, scales and materials believed to be used for packaging heroin. Following the raid, authorities reportedly found city ordinance violations on the property, and the landlord was instructed to begin eviction proceedings.

Both of the accused men received charges for heroin trafficking, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. They were also both charged for possession of a firearm without a license, possession of body armor in the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.

An individual being charged for drug crimes is sometimes accused of having connections to a broader criminal network. However, if the accused person can provide information to law enforcement, they could leverage that to negotiate for a plea bargain. A criminal defense attorney can help a defendant in this effort while arguing for a reduction of charges and lesser penalties.

Source: Mass Live, "2 arrested in Six Corners drug raid; Western Massachusetts heroin distribution hub shut down: Springfield police", Patrick Johnson, October 03, 2014

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