Noise in the woods led Greenfield police to drug arrest

Police say they saw Rafael Rivera walking behind homes, carrying a baseball bat

Rafael Rivera (pictured) faces heroin and cocaine possession charges after his arrest near Armory Street on Sunday. Images courtesy: Greenfield Police Department

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – What began as an investigation into noises coming from the woods ended with the arrest of a 26 year-old man on heroin charges in Greenfield Sunday.

Greenfield Police posted on their official Facebook page that patrolling police officers heard sounds coming from the woods near 4 Armory Street at around 2:42 A.M. The police then saw a man with a baseball bat, dressed in all dark clothing, walking behind homes in the area.

Police identified the man as Rafael Rivera, 26, of Chicopee. He was placed under arrest, as there was an active warrant on him.

Continuing to investigate, police say that they spoke with a person who was in a car with Rivera. Officers searched the vehicle, and found what they believe to be packets of heroin and bags of powder cocaine.

Following the discovery, police charged Rivera with possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, and carrying a dangerous weapon. He also faces a charge for the default warrant.

Rivera was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court.

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