“Operation 60 Minutes” results in several arrests

Alleged drug dealers, gang members targeted

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An operation involving more than 130 law enforcement officials resulted in the arrests of 11 people Friday morning. Most of whom, Holyoke’s police chief says, have ties to the “La Familia” gang in South Holyoke.

Chief James Neiswanger held a news conference late Friday morning to discuss “Operation 60 Minutes, Part IV.” During the operation, which culminated Friday but was part of a multi-year effort, police served arrest warrants in Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield.

Neiswanger says that heroin, crack cocaine, and powder cocaine, as well as about $5,000 in cash, were seized during Friday’s arrests.

The following suspects are facing charges:

  • Carlos Maldonado, 26, of Holyoke – Federal warrant for possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • Jimmie Oliver, 29, of Holyoke – Federal warrant for possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • Angelo Garcia, III, 31, of Holyoke – Federal warrant for possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • Cecilio Gonzalez, 36, of Holyoke – State warrant for distribution of heroin
  • Manuel A. Torres, 27, of Holyoke- Three state warrants for distribution of heroin
  • Timothy Newell, 33, of Holyoke – Connecticut fugitive warrant
  • Julio A. Flores, 38, of Holyoke- State warrant for distribution of heroin
  • Hector Gomez, 28, of Holyoke- Federal warrant for possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • Luis Gomez, 24, of Holyoke – State warrant for distribution of Heroin
  • Victor Santini, 45, of Holyoke – Federal warrant for possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • Marcus Sepulveda, 26, of Holyoke – Federal warrant for possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • Hector Pabon, 38, of Springfield – Federal warrant for possession with intent to distribute heroin

“The purpose of this round-up was to make our streets safer, and resulted in numerous arrests of gang members and drug dealers, who were persons of interest for different crimes, many of them violent, in Holyoke,” Capt. Denise Duguay said in a statement sent to 22News.

Agencies involved in the operation included Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, and West Springfield police, the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the FBI, the DEA, the ATF, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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