Twelve individuals have been arrested by Springfield Police on charges of possessing and/or selling heroin in Springfield. Those arrests have resulted in the seizure of more than 263 grams of heroin with a street value of $52,640, and the seizure of more than $2,400 in cash.
Over the past several months, the Springfield Police Department Narcotics Unit has been investigating the illegal use and distribution of heroin in our city. Dubbed, Operation “H” Jam, officers spent countless hours tracking the heroin trade in Springfield. The Narcotics unit was joined by members of the Patrol Division and the Street Crimes Unit to initiate arrests during Operation “H” Jam.
“It is important that we work to stop the flow of unlawful drugs in our community,” said Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin. “To do this, we combined several units within our Police Department to increase their effectiveness. This combined operation has resulted in the arrests a number of individuals that were contributing to the heroin trade in Springfield.”
“But, our work is not done. Frequently when people are arrested, others move in to take their place. That is why we are continuing to investigate heroin trade in Springfield, and will continue to bring individuals to justice who are possessing and selling unlawful drugs.”
Because Operation “H” Jam is ongoing, we can only release the names of 10 individuals that were arrested at this time. They are: Timothy D. Akins, Keith L. Powell, Douglass E. Cortelyou, Micah S. Spates, Kevin Godfrey, Elray Prophet, Charles Smith, Jessica Traylor, Willie J. Buckins and Audra Lurks.