Six arrested in Ware drug raids

Suspects arrested on charges for various drugs, such as heroin and cocaine

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – A total of six people were arrested in two separate drug raids in Ware Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Dennis Healey told 22News that the six suspects, all Ware residents, have since been brought to Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown for arraignment.

The chief says that the first raid took place at around 6:30 at 97A Pleasant Street. Detectives received a search warrant for the apartment following a long investigation into alleged heroin distribution. Two people inside the apartment, Joanna Valardi, 32, of 31 Otis Avenue, and Kristen Dubuque, 27, of 18 Vigeant Street were arrested on charges of possession of a class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, and violation of a drug-free school zone (there is a nearby daycare.)

Two others in the apartment, Joshua Dilley, 30, of 194 Old Belchertown Rd., and Tammy Wilson-Lemieux, 35, of 97 Pleasant St. are both being charged with being present where heroin is kept and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

A short time later, Healey says that police served another search warrant, this one at 71 Glendale Circle. The residents of the home were not there at the time, but police found them nearby a short time later.   Terrence Gaskins is being charged with possession with intent to distribute a class A substance (heroin), possession of a class B substance (cocaine), and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Thirty-two year-old Rebecca Young is charged with possession of a class B substance (cocaine), possession of a class C substance (clonazepam), and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Chief Healey said that Ware police were helped during the raids by police dogs from the Palmer and Wilbraham police departments.

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