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SPRINGFIELD – K9 Flexx of the Springfield Police Department assisted detectives in seizing a significant amount of cocaine and arresting a local man for drug trafficking Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 3:40 p.m., the Springfield Police Department Weapons Investigation Unit and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, led by Sergeant Jaime Bruno, arrested 34-year-old Jose Valentin after a months-long investigation into his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

Earlier that day, around 1 p.m., detectives had monitored Valentin on his cell phone as he drove along Boston Road and then observed a suspected drug deal on Division Street.

After Valentin drove into the Forest Park area, detectives, with backup arriving, conducted a traffic stop near Sumner Avenue and Cliftwood Street.

Meanwhile, K9 Flexx was deployed to 130 Pearl Street to search Valentine’s vehicle.

The police dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the front cabin of the car.

During a subsequent search by investigators, 98 bags of heroin, approximately 12.8 grams of cocaine, approximately 13.2 grams of crack cocaine and $351 in cash were discovered.

Valentin, of Springfield, was charged with trafficking cocaine (18 to 36 grams) and possession of a Class A drug with intent to resell.