Three suspects under arrest for drug trafficking in Holyoke; one suspect recently plead guilty in a separate drug trafficking case

September 29, 2022 -Holyoke- On September 22, 2022 at approximately 10:45 a.m., members of District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni’s SAFE Task Force and his office’s Hampden County Narcotics Task Force arrested three suspects in the area of the 500 block of South Summer Street in Holyoke. The suspects arrested are:

Luis Acevedo 35, of Holyoke, on the following charges: trafficking in heroin (18-36 grams), trafficking in cocaine (100-200 grams), possession of a firearm in commission of a felony with no license to carry (no FID card), possession of a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony no license to carry (no FID card), carrying a firearm no license to carry (no FID card), possession of ammunition no license to carry (no FID card).

Duane Howlette, 33, of Springfield, on the following charges: trafficking in heroin (18-36 grams), trafficking in cocaine (100-200 grams), possession of a firearm in commission of a felony no license to carry (no FID card), possession of a large capacity firearm during commission of a felony no license to carry (no FID card), carrying a firearm no license to carry (no FID card), possession of ammunition no license to carry (no FID card), possession of class b drug (cocaine with intent to distribute).

Christopher Perez, 26, of Holyoke, on the following charges: trafficking in heroin (18-36 grams), trafficking in cocaine (100-200 grams), possession of a firearm in commission of a felony no license to carry (no fid card), possession of a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony no license to carry (no fid card), carrying a firearm with no license to carry (no fid card), possession of ammunition no license to carry (no fid card)

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “We will continue to fight the battle against opiates and addiction, and those who wish to profit from them. But, if we as a community are going to win this fight, the court system has to play its important role in treating serious and repeat offenders as the law directs and our society should demand. I thank the task force detectives in my office for their work and their commitment to safe streets, free of illegal drugs and guns.”

Members of the District Attorney’s SAFE Taskforce became aware that Luis Acevedo and associates were operating a substantial drug distribution operation in the South Summer Street area of Holyoke. Luis Acevedo is a known narcotics trafficker who, in fact, recently pled guilty in a separate narcotics trafficking case. In June of 2022, Acevedo was convicted and sentenced to 6-7 years in state prison, but the court allowed a stay of execution on that prison sentence until December 1, 2022, to allow the defendant to appeal a ruling in the case. To this date, no appeal has been filed with the Trial Court or any higher court of appeal.  

During the course of the investigation, investigators observed Acevedo and his associates conduct numerous transactions in and around the North Summer Street area. On September 22, 2002, the SAFE Taskforce arrested three individuals as they were engaged in narcotics transactions. Seized during the arrests: one “ghost gun”, 1,100 supposed bags of heroin, and 100 grams of cocaine.

All three defendants were arraigned on Friday, Sept. 23 in Holyoke District Court.

Luis Acevedo’s bail was set at $25,000, while the prosecution requested $100,000. A motion by the Commonwealth to revoke bail on a previous case was allowed. His next court date is on October 20, 2022.

Dwayne Howlette’s bail was set at $5,000, the Commonwealth requested $50,000. A motion by the Commonwealth to revoke bail on a previous case was allowed. His next court date is on October 20, 2022.

Christopher Perez’s bail set $5,000, the Commonwealth requested $5,000. His next court date is on October 20, 2022.

The investigation in ongoing

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