Twelve Suspects Under Arrest in Holyoke Narcotics Trafficking Investigation and Arrest Warrant Apprehensions

September 6, 2019 -Holyoke- Yesterday, members of Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce executed a search warrant at 212 Walnut Street after a lengthy investigation into the trafficking of Heroin and Cocaine in the City of Holyoke. The investigation along with the arrests of numerous individuals on active warrants resulted in a dozen individuals who are suspected of being engaged in the sale of narcotics.   

Participating law enforcement agencies were the: Holyoke Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, U.S. Marshals Service, Western Mass Gang Task Force, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Taskforce, and Homeland Security Investigations.

Recovered during the subsequent search and investigation of 212 Walnut Street were approximately 1100 bags of suspected Heroin, packaging and processing materials, and $1800 in U.S. currency

The following individuals were arrested yesterday at 212 Walnut Street:

Eric Torres, 21, of Holyoke on a charge of Possession to Distribute a Class A Drug (Heroin)

Kevin Velez, 20, of Holyoke on a charge of Possession to Distribute a Class A Drug (Heroin)

Anthony Santiago, 19, of Holyoke on a charge of Possession to Distribute a Class A Drug (Heroin)

Alex Ortiz, 23, of Holyoke on the charges of: two counts of Distribution of a Class A Drug (Heroin),

Distribution of a Class B Drug (Cocaine), Possession to Distribute a Class A Drug (Heroin)

The following individuals were arrested over the past month on active arrest warrants:

Milton Lugo, 49, of Holyoke, on a charge of Distribution of a Class B Drug

Heriberto Mora, 28, of Holyoke on the charges of Distribution of a Class A Drug (Heroin), and   Distribution of a Class B Drug (Cocaine)

Jorge Collazo Jr., 25, of Holyoke on a charge of Violating a 209A Order, (Abuse Prevention Order)

Luis Echevarria, 20, of Holyoke on the charges of Distribution of a Class A Drug (Heroin), and Distribution of a Class B Drug (Cocaine)

Roberto Bigio-Diaz, 57, of Springfield on the charges of Distribution of a Class A Drug (Heroin), and Possession to Distribute a Class B Drug (Cocaine)

Nestor Caraballo, 41, of Holyoke on the charges of Distribution of a Class A Drug (Heroin), and Distribution of a Class B Drug (Cocaine)

John Jacob-Rivera, 27, of Holyoke on a charge of Possession of a Class A Drug (Heroin)

Adalberto Cruz, 41, of Holyoke on the charges of: two counts Distribution of a Class A Drug (Heroin) and two counts Distribution of a Class B Drug (Cocaine)

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni stated, “This was a tremendous effort by all agencies involved to make the streets of Holyoke safer by dismantling a large street level narcotics trafficking organization. The collaborative effort was initiated by the Holyoke Police Department through their own observations but more importantly from resident reports. I encourage citizens to engage and communicate with law enforcement and initiate more positive public safety outcomes.”    

All suspects are expected to be arraigned in Holyoke District Court.

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