9,000 Bags of Heroin Seized During Drug Trafficking Investigation

February 28, 2018 -Springfield- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today the arrest of two individuals for their suspected involvement in a high level heroin trafficking operation here in Hampden County. In addition to the arrest, authorities seized over 9,000 packaged and ready-for-sale bags of heroin along with $3500 in cash.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “I would like to thank the dedicated and professional members of law enforcement who participated in this investigation. The quantity of narcotics involved shows this is a high-level and sophisticated operation which supplied this area with a significant amount of heroin.”

On February 24, 2018, members of Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce arrested Julio Sanchez, 39, of Springfield on charges of: Trafficking in Heroin over 200 grams, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Arrested along with him was Andy Espinal-Antonio, 32, of Worcester, on charges of: Trafficking in Heroin over 200 grams, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws, and Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute.

They were both arrested after a lengthy investigation into the trafficking of heroin here in Hampden County.

Both were observed to be engaged in the sale of heroin while under surveillance.

Both were arrested after detectives safely approached the suspect’s vehicles in the vicinity of Chestnut and Liberty Streets in Springfield.

Seized in Sancez’s vehicle were approximately 9.000 packets of heroin. Discovered in Espinal-Antonio’s vehicle were approximately 50 bags of heroin and $3,580.

Julio Sanchez’s next court date is in March 21, 2018 and Andy Espinal-Antonio is scheduled to be in court on April 6, 2018. Bail was set at $10,000 for both.



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