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State Police, HSI, Partner Agencies Seize Cocaine and Firearms, and Arrest Springfield Trafficker

A joint operation by State Police and federal and local law enforcement partners last week resulted in the arrest of a Springfield man and the seizure of more than two kilos of cocaine and two illegally-possessed firearms.

Troopers and Officers arrested JARRELL SMITH, 28, of Springfield on charges of trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws. The Aug. 11, 2023 arrest followed the execution of three search warrants at locations in Springfield and South Hadley as a result of an investigation by the West Division of the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team (CINRET) and federal Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The investigation resulted in the seizure of two bricks of cocaine with a total weight of approximately 2,070 grams.

SMITH was taken into custody on Haig Avenue in South Hadley and was later arraigned at Belchertown District Court on the narcotics charges. Additionally, a search of SMITH’s Arthur Street, Springfield, residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 160 more grams of suspected cocaine and two illegally-possessed handguns, one of which held a fully-loaded 30-round extended magazine and was equipped with a laser sight. Further charges will be sought for the additional amount of cocaine and the firearms. Charges may also be sought against a South Hadley resident in connection with this investigation.

MSP CINRET and HSI were assisted by Troopers from the State Police Detective Unit for Hampden County, State Police Gang Unit, and State Police K9 Unit, along with members of the Hampshire/Franklin County Narcotic Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Springfield Office, and Springfield and South Hadley Police.

The State Police operate three regional CINRET task forces, one each in the western, southeastern, and northeastern sections of the state. The teams are led by MSP and include local police and sheriff’s department officers from each region and federal partners. The teams focus on interdicting illicit narcotics operations by focusing on the transport of the narcotics to, from, and within drug trafficking organizations.



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