Police: Drug dealer attempts to swallow 20 bags of heroin during arrest


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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — An alleged drug dealer attempted to swallow 20 bags of heroin while police arrested him in the Hollywood Section of Springfield’s South End neighborhood on Thursday afternoon.

At about 1:45 p.m. Springfield police narcotics officers along with officers assigned to the South End C-3 Policing initiative arrested 44-year-old Abraham Leon while he was selling heroin near 42 Richelieu St., according to Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney, the department’s spokesman.

Detectives who had been watching Leon called for officers to move into the area and arrest him. As officers moved in to make the arrest they witnessed him stuff two bundles of heroin into his mouth.

“Well unless you’re a hippopotamus there is no way anyone could swallow two bundles of dope. The arresting officer put out his hand and the dealer spit out the twenty bags like a Pez dispenser,” Delaney said in a news release.

Leon, who is residing without an address, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, according to an arrest report.

Also on Thursday, Springfield and Chicopee police arrested an alleged heroin trafficker who was in possession of more than 1,700 bags of heroin and $12,000 in cash.

“These arrests follow Police Commissioner John Barbieri’s plan to put a full court press on heroin dealers. If you deal drugs in Springfield, plan on having a new residence at the Hampden County House of Correction,” Delaney said. “The war on heroin is being won, one arrest at a time in Springfield.”

Leon was scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court on Friday.

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