LUDLOW — Chief Daniel Valadas reports that the Ludlow Police Department arrested and charged a Springfield man with trafficking over 200 grams of both heroin and cocaine, and with numerous firearms violations.
ORLANDO SANTIAGO JR., AGE 31, of SPRINGFIELD, was arrested and charged with:
- Trafficking Over 200 Grams of Cocaine
- Trafficking Over 200 Grams of Heroin
- Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card (Two Counts)
- Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card
- Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (Four Counts)
- Improper Storage of a Firearm Near a Minor (Two Counts)
On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Ludlow Police Department, working in collaboration with a federal task force served a search warrant at a single-family home on Munsing Street in Ludlow as a result of a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking.
Located during the search was over 621 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of approximately $62,000; approximately 500 grams of heroin, with an estimated street value of approximately $40,000; two semi-automatic handguns, four large-capacity magazines and $4,000 in cash.
SANTIAGO was present when the search warrant was served, and an on-scene investigation determined he was in control of the contraband that was located. SANTIAGO was taken into custody at the conclusion of the search.
“This arrest illustrates the continued proliferation of deadly narcotics such as fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, in our local communities, not only in urban cities, but in suburban neighborhoods and rural areas as well,” said Chief Valadas. “Narcotics and illegal firearms continue to be the greatest threat to our residents, law enforcement officers, and to society in general.”
SANTIAGO was arraigned in Palmer District Court on Thursday, Oct. 27.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.