State Police Arrest PA Men Allegedly Trafficking Cocaine Labeled 'COVID'

Photo: Courtesy of the Massachusetts State Police.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Wednesday, the Massachusetts State Police arrested two Philadelphia men who were allegedly caught bringing a large amount of cocaine to Springfield, in packaging labeled "COVID."

Police said in a statement to WBZ NewsRadio that earlier that same day, the MSP's West Unit of the Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team (CINRET) and a state narcotics task force learned that two men from Philadelphia would be transporting a large quantity of cocaine to the City of Springfield for distribution. Investigation led officials to a parked vehicle on Chestnut Street, where police seized more than 1.5 kilos of suspected cocaine and arrested the two occupants.

A whole kilogram brick of cocaine was packaged in a wrapping stamped with the word "COVID."

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One of the suspects was also found in possession of heroin.

50-year-old Herman Gomez was charged with trafficking in cocaine greater than 200 grams, possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate narcotic laws, officials said.

The MSP says the second suspect, 25-year-old Jeffrys Feliciano Santana, has been charged with trafficking greater than 200 grams and conspiracy to violate drug laws. The pair of suspects were booked at the Springfield Police Department and arraigned in Springfield District Court.

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