Drugs and Crime

Springfield MA man, others busted in Springfield VT drug raid

Jonathan Castro, a.k.a. “Jose,” 33, of Springfield, Vermont and Springfield, Massachusetts; Anibal Castro, Sr., a.k.a. “Papi,” 54, of Springfield, Vermont; and Derek Arie, 34, of Springfield, Vermont were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Rutland for conspiring to distribute cocaine base and fentanyl from March – November 2022.  

The indictment also charges Arie with possessing cocaine base with intent to distribute on June 4.  In addition, Martine Protas, 43, of Springfield, Vermont was charged by criminal complaint today with illegal possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, the drug conspiracy involved distribution of controlled substances on Valley Street in Springfield, Vermont and elsewhere.  Anibal Castro, Sr. and Protas were arrested yesterday in Springfield, Vermont.  When they were arrested, law enforcement discovered that Protas, who is an unlawful user of narcotics, had a firearm on her person.  Jonathan Castro was arrested yesterday in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  Arie, who was previously charged in September, is currently on conditions of release.  

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