Thirty-four Under Arrest After Week Long Sweep of Springfield Hot Spots

June 28, 2019 -Springfield- Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced today the arrest of 33 individuals after a week long operation conducted in the City of Springfield.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “This multi-agency task force was designed to disrupt and reduce known public safety threats in our neighborhoods. This was made possible by a unique collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement for which I am very grateful. We work together to create safer streets.” District Attorney Gulluni went on to say: “All people, in all neighborhoods deserve to live safely, free from any concern of violence or danger. To those who seek to disrupt this public safety and commit acts of violence, you will face members of law enforcement. We have proven that in the last week, and will continue to do so throughout the summer to ensure everyone’s health and safety.”

After recent trends showed an increase in gang-related activity as well as high profile acts of violence, District Attorney Gulluni along with the United States Attorney’s Office began organizing available resources to conduct “Operation Fold” in hot spot areas of Springfield.

Backed by significant resources from the Massachusetts State Police and the Springfield Police Department, the operation commenced at the beginning of the week and continues today. Agencies involved in the Operation are: The Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Team, Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, The U.S. Marshall’s Task Force, Springfield Police Narcotics Unit, Springfield Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Unit and Hampden County Sheriffs assigned to it, F.B.I. Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Massachusetts Office of Parole, and the Springfield District Court Probation Office.  

Operation Fold also consisted of a number of people being apprehended on outstanding warrants and subjects in several narcotics investigations, many of whom have known gang affiliations. 

Warrant Apprehensions:

High profile arrests made in connection with this operation:

Kaevon Brimfield, 26, of Springfield. Outstanding Chicopee District Court warrant for Murder

Carey Pilot, 46, of Springfield.  Berkshire County Superior Court warrant for Murder and Intimidation of a Witness

Angel Ramir, 24, of Springfield. Four outstanding Springfield District Court warrants for: Possession with a Firearm without an FID Card, Improper Storage of a Firearm, two counts Assault and Battery on Police Officer, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery,  two counts Threat to Commit a Crime, Resisting Arrest, Assault, Larceny over $1200.

Kenneth Delgado, 42, of Springfield. Three outstanding Springfield District Court warrants for: three counts Breaking and Entering a Building Nighttime for Felony, three counts Larceny over $1200, three counts Malicious Damage to Property Over $1200, Possession of Burglarious Instrument, Receiving Stolen Property Under $1200, Resisting Arrest, Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A, Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D, Failure to Provide DNA Sample

Mario Solorzano-Martinez, 40, of Springfield. Outstanding Superior Court warrant from the State of Connecticut: Fugitive from Justice, Sexual Assault in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th degree, and Risk of Injury to  Child.

Narcotics Investigations:

38 Maryland Street: Arrested, Brandon Brown, 26, of Springfield.  Charged with Trafficking in Cocaine, 18-36 grams, Illegal Possession of a Firearm Without and FID Card, Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card, Possession of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, Receiving Stolen Property Under $1200. Seized during the investigation: a stolen Smith and Wesson Semi-Automatic Handgun, ammunition, 20 grams of cocaine, and approximately $1,448.

273 Jasper Street: Summonsed: Geneva Lamere, 33, of Springfield, Sheneqaaua Griffin 42, of Springfield, and Gliffaud Gelin, 30, of Springfield. Lamere and Griffin are both charged with: Unlawful Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card, two counts of Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Improper Storage of a Firearm. Gelin is charged with: Operating a Motor Vehicle after Suspension, subsequent offence, and Refusal to Submit to a Police Officer.

State Street: Arrested: Roy Manuel Santiago, 23, Springfield. Charged with two counts of Drug Possession Class B, and Armed with a Firearm While in Commission of a Robbery. Christopher Fonville, 28, of Springfield. Charged with: Armed with a Firearm While in Commission of a Robbery, and Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Of note: While officers were investigating the two suspects for suspected drug dealing, they witnessed both suspects engage in an armed robbery and interceded.

47 School Street and 41 Humber Street: Arrested Angel Mercado, 41, of Springfield, and Evelyn Vazquez, 31, of Springfield. Both charged with Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B. Seized during the investigation was $12,931, materials and paraphernalia used in the packaging and sale of narcotics, and a 2011 BMW.

47 Algonquin Place: Arrested:  Wilfredo Montanez, 25 Springfield. Charges: Drug Distribution Class A, Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A, Drug Distribution Class B, Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card, and Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B.  Jose Rodriguez-Ortiz, 31, of Springfield. Charges: Drug Distribution Class A, Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A, Drug Distribution Class B, Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card.

Arrested for Various Offenses:

Neftali Marcial, 22, of Springfield. Outstanding Springfield District Court Warrant for Assault and Battery of a Household Member, Strangulation

Juevinile, 16, of Springfield on charges stemming from a Breaking and Entering.

Orlando Ocasio, 34, of Springfield. Violation of a restraining order, motor vehicle infractions, and drug distribution

Paul Mock, 21, of Springfield. Assault and Battery on a Family Member

Oren Anderson,40, of Springfield. Intimidation of a witness, and various drug distribution charges.

Geraldine Willis, 54, of Springfield. Kidnapping, Larceny, Assault and Battery, Breaking and Entering, Intimidation of a Witness

Rosangela Vanegas,42, of Springfield. Credit Card Fraud

Timothy Bargalla, 47, of Springfield, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

Michael Lane, 47, of Springfield. Unarmed Robbery

Jose Cancel, 44, Drug Distribution Charges

Dominique Wise, 27, of Springfield. Assault and Battery on a Family Member

Deana O’Connor, 34, of Springfield. Assault and Battery on a Family Member

Erick Ruiz, 37, of Springfield. Motor Vehicle and Drug Offenses

Enrique Baerga, 52, Homeless. Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B

Shawn Phillips, 50, of Holyoke. Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B

Domingo Carrion, 22, of Springfield. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License

Gladys Diaz, 36, of Lynn. Drug Possession of Class A and B.

Christian Rivera, 33, of Springfield. Motor vehicle violations.

Colby Wilkerson, 28, Springfield. Illegal Possession of a Firearm Second Offense, Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card, Firearm Violation with Two Prior Violent/Drug Crimes, Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon or Feeding Device.   

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