SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Four men who Springfield police say were major suppliers of heroin will be arraigned in Springfield District Court Monday, a little more than a day after they were arrested in two traffic stops that turned up 9,000 bags of a particularly deadly batch of the drug. According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Francis Willor of North Adams, Elvis Luckham of Chicopee, Elvin Resto of Holyoke, and Juan Perez of Springfield were arrested by members of the Springfield Police Narcotics Unit.
According to Delaney, police received word that there was going to be a delivery of thousands of bags of heroin stamped with the word “Hollywood” into the city Saturday night. This “Hollywood” batch of heroin is believed to be 80-85% pure, Delaney says, and has been responsible for several overdose deaths in the region recently.
Acting on the tips, police arrested Willor, Luckham, and Resto, and then later pulled over Perez on Ormand Street in Forest Park. Delaney says that they found Perez’s car had a fake bumper, and inside, there were 8,000 bags of heroin with the “Hollywood” stamp. In total, Delaney says police seized 9,000 bags of heroin, and $20,000 in cash.
Perez was the first to be arraigned Monday, and was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail, which was the amount requested by the prosecution. Perez’s attorney said that the amount was excessive, and had requested no more than $25,000 bail; saying that his client has no prior record in Springfield. He said that Perez is not a flight risk, as he has been divorced, living in the North End and has been steadily employed for many years.
During there arraignments later in the afternoon, Luckham’s and Resto’s bail was set at $50,000, and Willor’s bail was set at $100,000.