20,165 bags of heroin seized along with AR-15 rifles in Holyoke narcotics investigation
October 12, 2022 -Springfield- Two suspects are under arrest after District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce, andhis S.A.F.E Task Force, along with the Holyoke Police Department, executed two search warrants after an intensive investigation into the trafficking of narcotics from 119 Nonotuck Street.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni stated, “First and foremost I want to thank the members of my office’s Hampden County Narcotics Task Force and S.A.F.E Task Force, along with the Holyoke Police Department, under the leadership of Chief David Pratt, for their hard work and excellent investigation in arresting these suspects.” DA Gulluni went on to say,” Recently I stood with Mayor Joshua Garcia in front of Holyoke City Hall after a spike in homicides and violence in that city. My office, along with the Holyoke Police Department, and Massachusetts State Police, will continue our diligence and commitment to the safety of the city’s residents. We know there are a small number of people who seek to profit from addiction and violence; we will not tolerate it, and will stand with the great majority of those in Holyoke who seek to lead peaceful and prosperous lives.
Arrested: Francisco Marrero, 22, of Holyoke on charges of: narcotics trafficking class A (heroin) over 200 grams, narcotics trafficking class B (cocaine) over 200 grams, along with multiple firearms charges.
Victor Colon, 23, of Holyoke on charges of: trafficking class A (heroin) over 200 grams, narcotics trafficking class B (cocaine) over 200 grams, along with multiple firearms charges.
Recently, members of the Hampden County Narcotic Task Force began an investigation into the heroin and cocaine sales that were occurring from 119 Nonotuck Street . This address became of greater interest to law enforcement after a murder occurred in the parking lot on September 3, 20022, over thirty shell casings were recovered from the scene.
Victor Diaz-Torres, 23, of Holyoke was arrested in connection with that murder days later on September 8, 2022 by members of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit, Holyoke Police Department, and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. He is currently being held without the right to bail on a first degree murder charge.
On October 7, 2022 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a search warrant was executed at an apartment located within 119 Nonotuck Street.
During the execution of those warrants approximately 20,165 individual bags of heroin, weighing 403.3 grams (almost half a kilogram), a kilogram of cocaine, two AR-15 rifles, three handguns, over 20 extended magazines, ammunition, and $6,000 in U.S. currency were seized as evidence. The street value of the narcotics is approximately $250,000.
Both suspects were arraigned on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 in Holyoke District Court. They are both being held without the right to bail pending dangerousness hearings scheduled for October 14, 2022.