Springfield men arrested during multi-state investigation leads to seizure of 16 firearms, heroin, and fentanyl

Massachusetts News

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden District Attorney’s Office held a news conference Friday to announce a multi-state narcotics investigation.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni joined with Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police at Tower Square on Main Street in Springfield to announce a major gun and drug seizure. The investigation ended on Thursday, September 30, when members of law enforcement arrested three Springfield men and seized 16 firearms, 15,000 packets of heroin, and nearly one kilogram of fentanyl.

According to a news released sent to 22News from the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the investigation focused on 22-year-old Geovanni Saldana. Detectives from Connecticut learned Saldana would be traveling from Hartford back to Springfield with a significant amount of narcotics. Saldana was arrested on I-91 in Longmeadow with approximately 95 grams of fentanyl and heroin.

During his arrest, officers from the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Unit seized 15,000 bags of heroin, 800 grams of fentanyl, and a 9mm handgun from the Hartford location when another person attempted to leave.

The next day, multiple search warrants were executed for locations in Springfield and West Springfield, officers seized 14 firearms, various amounts of narcotics, and approximately $10,000.  

The following men from Springfield were arrested in connection with this investigation:

Geovanni Saldana is being held on $250,000 cash bail charged with the following:

  • Trafficking Heroin/Fentanyl 36-100 grams

Jose Rios is being held without out the right to bail on dangerousness charged with the following:

  • Possession of a sawed off shotgun
  • Possession of a firearm without an FID card (7 counts)
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm (3 counts)
  • Improper storage of a large capacity firearm (4 counts)
  • Improper storage of a firearm

Alexander Rivera was released on $50,000 cash bail charged with the following:

  • Trafficking cocaine 18 grams or more
  • Possession to distribute a class A drug
  • Possession of a firearm without an FID card
  • Improper storage of a firearm

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “This interagency, multi-state effort has a significant regional impact on public safety across two states. Law enforcement worked together across agency and state lines to interrupt a significant network of drug and gun distribution. I thank the investigators and agencies involved in this complicated investigation who worked collaboratively with each other to do their jobs and make their communities safer.”

Springfield Crime News:

The Hampden District Attorney’s Office, members of state, federal, and local law enforcement concluded the investigation. Additional charges may result upon further investigation in the State of Connecticut.

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