Suspect under arrest for trafficking fentanyl from his Parker Street home in Springfield; over a kilo of Fentanyl seized along with loaded high capacity firearms
January 6, 2023 -Springfield- One suspect is under arrest after an investigation in the sale of fentanyl from his Parker Street home in Springfield by District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s S.A.F.E. Unit.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “I thank the detectives assigned of my office’s S.A.F.E Unit and the prosecutors assigned to my office’s Drug and Gun Unit for their hard work and excellent investigation in arresting this suspect and taking another drug trafficker into custody. A large amount of fentanyl and two AR-15 style rifles were taken off the streets, which are the tools of this lethal and destructive trade. The amount of fentanyl seized in this investigation suggests that the suspect is a significant trafficker of this potent opioid, which kills thousands of people a year throughout the Commonwealth. We will not relent in our efforts of arresting, disrupting, and dismantling highly dangerous and lethal drug traffickers and their organizations, who drive fear, violence, and death in our community.”
Arrested: Michael Brown, 43, of Springfield, on charges of: trafficking class A drug (Fentanyl) over 200 grams, trafficking class B drug (Cocaine) over 200 grams, possession of class C drug (Psilocybin Mushrooms) with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm without a license to carry (2 counts), possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a large capacity weapon/feeding device (4 counts), possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (2 counts), possession of ammunition without an license to carry, possession of a firearm with two prior violent/drug crimes.
Over the past several months the SAFE Unit has been investigating the sale of Fentanyl, allegedly being conducted by Michael Brown, from his residence at 1806 Parker Street in Springfield. On January 4, 2023, members of the SAFE Unit applied for and was granted the court’s authorization to search Brown’s residence and vehicle. The following day on January 5, 2023 members of the SAFE Unit, along with the Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce and the Massachusetts State Police’s Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team executed those search warrants without incident and seized the following: two AR-15 type Rifles with ammunition and three magazines, approximately 1048 grams of Fentanyl, several hundred Fentanyl pills, approximately 534 grams of Cocaine, and approximately $14,000.
Michael Brown was arrested without incident and transported to the Massachusetts State Police Springfield Barracks.
He is scheduled to be arraigned later today in Springfield District Court.