Springfield Police seize 40,000 bags of heroin, 490 grams of cocaine in drug raid

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More than 40,000 bags of heroin and 490 grams of cocaine have been seized from an alleged “stash house” in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Police Department’s Narcotics Unit seized 40,070 bags of heroin, around 490 grams of cocaine, four illegal firearms, and nearly $50,000.

The drug raid was part of a two-month long investigation of an alleged “stash house” for a heroin distribution operation Holyoke-based drug ring at a home in the 1200 block of Bay Street in Springfield.

Police say drug traffickers kept narcotics and money at the Springfield house, with dealers using the house to pick up drugs for distribution.

On Tuesday, detectives saw a woman, later identified as Nellys Garcia, go inside the home, then say she left a short time later.

Detectives say when they stopped Garcia, they found 15 bags of heroin inside her car and they arrested her.

Detectives executed the search warrant for the home on Bay Street and located three men inside, later identified as Luis Acevedo, Hector Rodriguez & Emmanuel Hernandez.

Inside the home, detectives say they seized about 2,179 grams of raw heroin, 40,070 bags of heroin, about 490 grams of cocaine, illegal firearms, and $48,754 in cash.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno praised the police department for taking “poison products” off the streets.

The street value of the illegal narcotics is between $600,000 and $700,000.

43-year-old Luis Acevedo is facing a laundry list of charges, including trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, larceny, and improper storage of a firearm.

42-year-old Hector Rodriguez is charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, firearm charges, and possession of ammunition with an FID card.

30-year-old Emmanuel Hernandez is charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, and larceny.

32-year-old Nellys Garcia is charged with trafficking heroin and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

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(This story was originally published on December 5, 2018)

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