21 arrested in “Operation Tidal Wave” in Holyoke

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Twenty-one people were arrested during a major drug sweep in Holyoke that involved federal agents, state, and local police. Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger announced the arrests in “Operation Tidal Wave,” which took place over the course of the day Thursday.

“This operation targeted street-level drug dealers who had made hand-to-hand sales of narcotics to undercover police officers,” the chief said in a news release sent to 22News.

According to Neiswanger, the operation is part of the state police’s heroin initiative. Also working with Holyoke police in the operation were the DEA, the ATF, and the violent apprehension section of the FBI Western Mass. Gang Task Force.

The following 21 people were arrested:

  • Santiago Coriano of Holyoke, Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Jose Cosme of an unknown address, Narcotics distribution class A
  • Carlos Alberto Pagan of Holyoke, 2 default warrants for narcotics
  • Ricardo Mercado Ramos of Holyoke, Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Reinaldo Javier Rivera of Holyoke, Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Angel Lizardi-Valez of Holyoke, Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Efrain Rivas of Holyoke, Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Charlesy Mitchell of Clinton, Possession of a class A substance
  • Robert Fitzgerald of Agawam, Tresspassing and Possession of a class A substance
  • Jose Nunez (homeless), Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Edwardo Eddie Rivera of Holyoke, Distribution of a class A drug, Conspiracy
  • Risvaldo Vila of Holyoke, Distribution of a class A drug, Conspiracy
  • Miguel Rosado of Holyoke, Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Ezequiel Colon of Holyoke, Possession of a class A drug, Distribution of a class A drug, Conspiracy
  • Jose Burgos of Springfield, Narcotics distribution warrant
  • Juvenile suspect, Distribution of a class A drug
  • Alexis Pena Santos of Holyoke, 2 Narcotics distribution warrants
  • Pedro-Adorno Cepeda of Holyoke, Possession of a class B drug, Possession to distribute a class B drug
  • Donna Degray (homeless), Possession of a class A drug, Possession to distribute a class A drug
  • George Jones of Holyoke,  Possession of a class A drug, Possession to distribute a class A drug
  • Luis Serrano of Springfield,  Possession of a class A drug, Possession to distribute a class A drug
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