On Dec. 10, Massachusetts authorities took 16 people into custody after they were accused of being involved in a drug trafficking operation. According to a police spokesperson, the operation mainly targeted those who were thought to be street-level or mid-level heroin and cocaine dealers throughout the city of Springfield.
The officers reportedly purchased drugs from each of the 16 dealers, which provided them with the grounds to seek arrest warrants. Six of the individuals were already in police custody but were served with new charges for distribution of a controlled substance. The other 10 individuals were also charged with either distribution of a controlled substance, distribution of heroin or distribution of cocaine. The 10 individuals who had not been in police custody were taken less than 24 hours after the authorities raided a home in Indian Orchard and seized an unknown amount of heroin and cocaine.