Four men charged with supplying heroin in Western Massachusetts
Investigators on Wednesday seized $ 60,000 worth of heroin and arrested four men allegedly connected to an organization supplying the drug in western Massachusetts.
Enrique Alicea, 29, and Jose Alicea, 69, of West Springfield and Joshua Vazquez, 29, of Springfield have been charged with trafficking over 200 grams of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Todd Cruzado, 33, of Springfield, has been accused of possessing an unlicensed firearm, illegally carrying a firearm, possession of no-gun ammunition, and possession of a Class A narcotic drug with intent to distribute it, police said.
In February 2020, state police opened an investigation into a heroin supply source in Hampden County. Soldiers identified the source as Enrique Alicea, police said.
Over the next several months, investigators conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and identified members and customers of the Alicea organization, including a violent Springfield crew with a history of firearms, assault and drug crimes, police said. Investigators were also able to identify methods used to transport the drugs between New York and Springfield, police said.
On Tuesday at around 2:30 p.m., federal, state and local law enforcement authorities arrested the four suspects.
Investigators who issued search warrants in four homes and three vehicles confiscated a 9mm Taurus pistol, approximately 500 grams of heroin and approximately $ 20,000 in US currency, police said.