Former Owner Of Crack House Sentenced To Prison
A Springfield man was sentenced late yesterday in federal court for
illegal drug distribution and firearms charges.
At the earlier plea hearing, a prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that MERCED owned and operated a crack house located at 149 Cedar Street in Springfield where over 1.5 kilos of crack were distributed over a six month period. Evidence was primarily obtained from court authorized wiretaps. Intercepted conversations from MERCED’s telephone confirmed that MERCED owned the house located at 149 Cedar Street for the sole purpose of distributing crack cocaine and referred to 149 Cedar Street as “my crack house.”
The case was investigated
by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force in Springfield,
and the Springfield Police Department.