Drug task force members seize kilo of cocaine worth $80,000 on street, arrest 2, Hampden DA says

By George Graham, ggraham@repub.com

The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – Investigators, following a len gthy investigation, arrested two men early Tuesday and seized a kilo of cocaine worth approximately $80,000 on the street.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the arrests, made by members of the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force, took a “significant” amount of drugs off the street.

“This skillful investigation carried out by my office’s task force has taken a significant amount of drugs from our streets, which continues our efforts to chip away at the various drug distribution networks that breed violence and addiction in our communities,” he said.

Arrested were: Anibal Collazo, 24, of Springfield, and Berney Bermudez, 39, of Chicopee. They were charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

During the course of the investigation, members of the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force learned Collazo maybe in possession of several kilos of cocaine which he was preparing to distribute, according to a release by Gulluni’s office.

Task force members, early on Tuesday, found both suspects at Collazo’s restaurant, Los Bravos. Armed with arrest warrants, law enforcement arrested both without incident.The two suspects are slated to be arraigned in District Court Wednesday.

The Hampden County Narcotics Task Force is comprised of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to district attorney’s office, Homeland Security Investigations of Springfield, The Springfield,

Chicopee and Holyoke police departments, and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

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