March 17, 2016 -Holyoke, MA- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today the arrest of three individuals suspected of trafficking heroin, as well as, the seizure of approximately 3,400 bags of heroin. Two other suspects are currently being sought.
After a lengthy investigation into the trafficking of heroin in the City of Holyoke the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force (HCNT), which consists of: The Massachusetts State Police assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni’s Office, the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and the Holyoke, Springfield and Chicopee Police Departments, obtained a Holyoke District Court search warrant for 148 Pearl Street Apt. 2, Holyoke, MA.
In executing the search warrant, Massachusetts State Police along with members of the Holyoke Police Department, arranged to purchase 1,200 hundred bags of heroin from German Pantoja. Members of the taskforce agreed to meet Pantoja in the parking lot in the rear of his residence at 148 Pearl Street. Pantoja arrived with a male, later identified as Luis Ramos who remained behind the wheel of the motor vehicle Pantoja arrived in.
While a member of the taskforce conducted the transaction with Pantoja, officers converged and arrested him. Simultaneously, officers converged on Pantoja’s vehicle which was being driven by Ramos. As officers approached, Ramos escaped by continually ramming the undercover taskforce vehicle.
Members of the task force then executed a search warrant at 148 Pearl St. where officers seized an additional 1,150 bags of heroin. The suspects Lizmarie Pantoja, Carmen Vega and Dayana Mojica were arrested in the residence. Dayana Mojica will be summoned due to the fact she had a three week old child and six year old child in her custody, the Department of Children and Families has been notified.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “This is tremendous work by the Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce. The officers involved should be applauded for the dedication and professionalism in carrying out this investigation.” DA Gulluni went on to say, “We will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of taking traffickers out of our neighborhoods and aggressively prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Arrested: German Pantoja, 23, 148 Pearl Street, Apt 2, Holyoke, MA for the following charges:
Distribution Class A Substance-Heroin, Trafficking in a Class A Substance-Heroin (36-100) grams, Resisting Arrest, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer. Lizmarie Pantoja, 33, of 148 Pearl Street, Apt 2, Holyoke, MA for the following charges: Trafficking in a Class A Substance-Heroin (18-36 grams)Carmen Vega, 41, of 148 Pearl Street, Apt 2, Holyoke, MA for the following charges: Trafficking in a Class A Substance-Heroin (18-36 grams)
Criminal complaints will be sought for: Dayana Mojica, 21, of 148 Pearl Street, Apt 2, Holyoke, MA for the following charge: Trafficking in a Class A Substance-Heroin (18-36 grams) Luis Ramos, 26, of 117 Mooreland St, Springfield, MA for the following charges: Trafficking in a Class A Substance-Heroin (18-36 grams), Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Assault & Battery with a Deadly Weapon (motor vehicle), Driving to Endanger, Marked Lanes Violation, Red Lens Violation, Failure to Submit, Attaching Plates to a Motor Vehicle
A total of 3,400 bags of heroin were taken off the street during the course of this investigation.