Alleged Drug Trafficking Ring Busted

Six individuals were apprehended in connection with an alleged drug trafficking network in western Massachusetts, as reported by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. The Anti-Crime Task Force initiated an investigation in September 2023 into an alleged drug trafficking operation spanning between Springfield and the North Quabbin region.

Josiah Cheeseboro, a 24-year-old from Springfield, was arrested on Tuesday at a residence on Seymour Avenue in Springfield, based on an active felony warrant. During the arrest, law enforcement claimed to have seized a loaded AR-style pistol and ammunition. Cheeseboro pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Franklin Superior Court to charges including trafficking of a Class B substance (cocaine), trafficking of a Class A substance (fentanyl), and two counts of conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act. He is currently held on $100,000 cash bail.

Additional co-defendants, identified during the four-month investigation focused on the supposed trafficking of alleged significant amounts of heroin/fentanyl and cocaine for apparent street-level sales, are expected to be arraigned in the upcoming weeks. The co-defendants and their charges include:

  • Romeo Frazier, 23:
    • Trafficking in 36-100 grams of fentanyl
    • Trafficking in 36-100 grams of cocaine
    • Unlawful possession of a firearm; unlawful possession of a loaded firearm
    • Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony
    • Unlawful possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during the commission of a felony
    • 2 counts of conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act
  • Damian Scott, 19:
    • Trafficking in 100-200 grams of cocaine
    • Conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act
  • Tyshante Jennings, 21:
    • Trafficking in 18-36 grams of cocaine
    • Trafficking in 10 or more grams of fentanyl
    • 2 counts of conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act
  • Michael Nelson Page, 36:
    • Trafficking in 100-200 grams of cocaine
    • Trafficking in 36-100 grams of fentanyl
    • 2 counts of conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act
  • Juvenile from Springfield:
    • possession of 200 bags of heroin/fentanyl

All parties are innocent until proven guilty.

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If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with a crime in Massachusetts, you need the top-notch defense team at Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Kokonowski. With offices in Amherst and Northampton, Attorney Kokonowski brings nearly 30 years of unmatched criminal trial experience to protect your rights.

As a former Hampden County prosecutor, Attorney Kokonowski conducted approximately 30 criminal trials even before finishing law school. This gave him an insider view of prosecutorial strategies so he could better defend the accused. After passing the bar exam on his first attempt, Attorney Kokonowski joined the District Attorney’s office as a full-time prosecutor to gain more invaluable experience.

Over the next few years, he engaged in around 100 additional criminal hearings and trials. When Attorney Kokonowski entered private practice in 1994, he had the skills, knowledge, and tenacity to take on tough cases and fight aggressively for his clients.

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