Springfield father, son, convicted of drug offenses, sent to prison

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BOSTON (AP) — A father and his son were both jailed for more than 12 years for their roles in a major drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine and opioids in New England, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said Monday.

Isaac Cardona, 34, and Rafael Cardona Sr., 61, both of Springfield, were charged in November 2017 as part of a 14-month wiretapping investigation, prosecutors said.

The Cardonas conspired with David Cruz to ship cocaine and heroin from Mexico to the Springfield area through California, prosecutors said.

Isaac Cardona owed Cruz money for a kilogram of cocaine, and to pay off that debt, the Cardonas and others conspired to import at least a kilogram of heroin — which turned out to be pure fentanyl — called by Mexican authorities.

Isaac Cardona traveled to San Diego with cash to pay for the heroin in August 2016. Cruz later traveled to San Diego, retrieved the car and cash, and used the cash to purchase what he believed to be heroin. The police in California impounded the vehicle and seized the drugs.

Cruz previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The Cardonas were convicted by a jury in October.

https://www.boston.com/news/crime/2022/05/16/springfield-father-son-convicted-of-drug-charges-sent-to-prison/ Springfield father, son, convicted of drug offenses, sent to prison

Rick Schindler

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