A Holyoke man was arrested with a large quantity of heroin after police stopped his vehicle for running a stop sign while his 6-year-old son sat unrestrained without a safety belt.
The suspect was pulled over Tuesday night in front of 135 Belmont Ave. and police immediately noticed him attempt to conceal something in his pocket, according to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
"When the officer asked the driver to display his hands for his safety he observed white powder covering them," Delaney said, adding that the officers could also see that the boy was not wearing a seat belt.
A thorough search of the vehicle turned up $860 in cash and a bag that contained a large amount of heroin, according to Delaney. Police also found 600 empty wax bags used to package heroin, a digital scale, a heroin sifter and grinder and other drug paraphernalia, Delaney said.
The man also did not have a valid license.
Police charged 26-year-old Oscar Caballero, of 36 Cabot St., Holyoke, with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, wanton and reckless behavior, risk of injury to a child, operating a motor vehicle under a suspended license, operating a motor vehicle with a child without a seatbelt and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection sticker, according to an arrest report.
"Mr. Caballero's 6-year-old son was in the rear seat of the car (unrestrained) while he was driving on a suspended license, in a car that was not inspected, running a stop sign while making a heroin delivery," Delaney said.
The Department of Youth and Family Services was notified and the boy's mother was summoned to the scene of the arrest to pick up her son.
"The father of the year will be arraigned in Springfield District Court today," Delaney said.
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