Springfield man arrested with kilogram of cocaine

Speeding on Route 84 led to traffic stop, arrest

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STURBRIDGE — A Springfield man stopped for speeding was arrested on Tuesday evening after more than one kilogram of cocaine was allegedly uncovered.

David Baez-Vega, 28, was driving along Route 84 in Sturbridge just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday when Massachusetts State Police Trooper Tyler Hopkins and Field Training Officer Christopher Keane were conducting speed enforcement. According to State Police, Hopkins and Keane were near Exit 3A when they observed a gray Honda Accord traveling at 65 miles per hour where the posted speed limit is 50 miles per hour.

Baez-Vega was pulled over and, according to a State Police statement, “Through further investigation on scene troopers built probable cause and received consent to search the vehicle.” State Police affirm that during the search, more than one kilogram of a substance believed to be cocaine was uncovered tightly wrapped in plastic. Baez-Vega was immediately placed under arrest and his vehicle towed after what State Police described as a “thorough search.”

State Police said Baez-Vega was transported to their barracks in Sturbridge, where he was booked and processed. Bail was set at $2,500, which Baez-Vega was able to post.

Baez-Vega, State Police reported, was arraigned on Wednesday in Dudley District Court on trafficking in cocaine, and speeding.


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