Springfield Police Dog Finds Weight of Trafficked Cocaine, Man Arrested

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Police Department K9 Flexx helped detectives seize a significant quantity of cocaine and arrest a local man on drug charges Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 3:40 p.m., the Springfield Police Department's Firearms Investigation Unit and the Hampden County Sheriff's Department, led by Sergeant Jaime Bruno, arrested 34-year-old Jose Valentin following a month-long investigation into his alleged involvement in the sale of narcotics.

Earlier in the day, around 1 p.m., detectives conducted mobile surveillance of Valentin as he drove on Boston Road and later observed what appeared to be a drug transaction on Division Street.

After Valentin entered the Forest Park area, detectives, with backup arriving, executed a traffic stop near Sumner Avenue and Cliftwood Street.

Meanwhile, at 130 Pearl Street, K9 Flexx was deployed to search Valentin's vehicle.

The police dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the front passenger compartment of the car.

A subsequent search by detectives led to the discovery of 98 bags of heroin, approximately 12.8 grams of cocaine, approximately 13.2 grams of crack cocaine and $351 in cash.

Valentin, of Springfield, was charged with trafficking in cocaine, 18 to 36 grams, and possession with intent to distribute a Class A drug.

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