Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce Arrests Twenty in Holyoke Narcotics Raids; Seize 24,000 Packets of Heroin, Over $100,000 and Multiple Firearms

April 14, 2017- Holyoke- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced the arrests of twenty individuals suspected of narcotics trafficking in the City of Holyoke, as well as, the seizure of: several guns, a bullet proof vest, over 24,000 bags of heroin, over $100,000 of U.S. currency, and three luxury automobiles.

Participating in yesterday’s raids were: The Massachusetts State Police assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni’s Office, the Holyoke Police Narcotics/Vice Unit, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, the Springfield and Chicopee Police Departments, the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, along with the Western Mass Gang Taskforce, the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, the Massac husetts State Police STOP Team, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Appr ehension Unit, United States Department of Homeland Security Investigation.

After a lengthy investigation into the trafficking of heroin in the City of Holyoke, members of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni’s Office and the Holyoke Police Narcotics/Vice Unit obtained search warrants for 304 Chestnut Street, Apartment 3L, 39 O’Conner Avenue and 14 Laurel Street in Holyoke. These were warrants were executed yesterday morning along with multiple arrest warrants.

In executing the search warrants, members of the HCNT seized: Over 24,000 bags of heroin, $114,006 in U.S. Currency, a bulletproof vest, one hand gun, and three luxury cars: BMW, Audi, and a Porsche. Previously seized on February 15, 2017 during the arrests of several individuals in connection to this investigation were two additional firearms.

Since yesterday’s raids twenty individuals have been arrested, who through the course of the investigation, became known to law enforcement as being actively engaged in the sale and trade of narcotics.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “This is tremendous work by the Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce, especially, the members of the Holyoke Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit Assigned to my office. The officers involved should be applauded for the dedication and professionalism in carrying out this complex investigation which culminated with these raids and arrest. This is a shining example of the seamless cooperation between all agencies — federal, state, and local — that results in significant arrests and the betterment of public safety in this county. ” D.A. Gulluni went on to say, “We will continue to be relentless in our efforts to remove drug traffickers from our neighborhoods and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger stated, “I want to thank District Attorney Anthony Gulluni for his continuing support of our efforts and the many law enforcement agencies that have assisted us here

today. The City of Holyoke is a safer place after the tremendous cooperative effort of our agencies to
investigate and arrest numerous violent and dangerous subjects using handguns and dealing drugs in our streets. The people of Holyoke deserve safe neighborhoods and we are continuing our efforts to close down the street gangs and drug activity in Holyoke.”

Please note, all reports are not complete at this time and all charges are not currently available.

Arrested in connection with this investigation on April 13, 2017:

Miguel Rosario, 30, Holyoke
Stalen, Martecastillo, 28, Holyoke two counts of Class A Drug Distribution, Possession of a Class B Drug, Trafficking in Heroin, 36-100 grams
Carmen Mattei, 42, Holyoke Trafficking in Heroin, 36-100 grams
Noel Ortiz, 32, Holyoke,
Jose Gonzalez, 41, Holyoke
Jose Falcon, 57, Holyoke,
Emmanuel Jimenez, 30, Chicopee
Johnattan Perez, 34, Springfield
Julio Sanchez, 38, Holyoke Possesion of a Firearm without an FID Card
Tracy Martinez, 46, Holyoke
Kivanny Sanchez, 22, Holyoke Trafficking of Heroin over 200 grams, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws
Juan Correa, 20, Holyoke
Adnane Diouane, 25, Holyoke
Edwin Matta, 50, Holyoke
Jose Suarez, 31, Chicopee
Kevin Echevarria, 31, Holyoke

Arrested on February 15, 2017 in connection with this investigation:

Darwin Cruz, 29, Holyoke, Possession of Firearm Without an FID Card (two charges), Possession of Firearm Ammunition without an FID Card (two charges), Possession/Carrying a Loaded Firearm (two charges), Weapons Stored or Kept by Owner (unsecured) (two charges), Possession of a large capacity Weapon or feeding device , Receiving Stolen Property Over $250
Wilbert Medina, 44, Holyoke, Distribution of Class A Drug, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws, Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card (two charges), Use of a Firearm in a Felony (two Charges), Possession of Firearm Ammo Without an FID Card (Two Charges), Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Carrying a Loaded Firearm (two Charges), Weapons Stored or Kept by Owner (unsecured) (two charges), Possession of Drugs Class A, Possession to Distribute Class A, Receiving Stolen Property over $250, Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon or Feeding Device
William Collazo, 50, Holyoke, Distribution of Heroin, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws
Omar Reyes, 36, Holyoke, Distribution of Heroin, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws

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