AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A major western Massachusetts drug ring was broken in Agawam and Holyoke on Tuesday, when the DEA discovered an elaborate system for the transportation of massive quantities of cocaine and heroin.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested 45 year old Javier Gonzalez of Holyoke and 36 year old Jamil Roman of Chicopee for drug trafficking, after the DEA allegedly caught both men with more than five kilograms of cocaine. A court document says this long-term investigation was centered in Holyoke and West Springfield.
22News was there as the DEA found $1.17 million in cash in a vehicle transport tractor trailer, driven by Gonzalez and stopped on River Road in Agawam by the DEA on Tuesday.
They also found about $335,000 in cash at Roman’s home in Chicopee.
The affidavit claims that Gonzalez hauls cocaine and heroin from Texas to Massachusetts using his tractor trailer/car hauler associated with his business, JGL Truck Sales. It’s alleged that Gonzalez hides the drugs in hidden compartments in those cars on the trailer. A cooperating witness told the DEA Gonzalez has been doing this for 7-8 years.
Both Gonzalez and Roman are charged with the conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.
There is a court hearing on Friday in U.S. District Court in Springfield.
Roman lived at 21 Walsh Street in Chicopee, Gonzalez lived at 100 Brown Avenue in Holyoke, his business is located on Jackson and South Bridge Street, also in Holyoke.
The investigation lasted from September through March.