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Twenty-two Springfield Men Face Drug, Firearm Offenses


The U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts has announced charges against 22 people alleged to be high-level drug dealers in the city of Springfield.


   The 22 people were indicted on a variety of federal and state charges that include distribution of heroin and crack cocaine and illegal gun possession.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Smyth said the 22 are  not accused of  working in concert with each other. The indictments resulted from separate investigations that culminated at roughly the same time.

   " This has been a number of discrete investigations, some are recently as last month, and some dating back to 2013 and before," said Smyth.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno hailed the arrests saying some dangerous people had been taken off the city’s streets.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.