Undercover officers arrange deal, seize 3,000+ bags of heroin in Holyoke

Police executed a search warrant on Pearl Street in Holyoke.

Photo courtesy Hampden County District Attorney's Office

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Five people in Holyoke are facing criminal charges after a Hampden County Narcotics Task Force investigation.

The task force consists of state police assigned to District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Office, the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and police from the Holyoke, Springfield, and Chicopee Departments.

Members of the task force had arranged to buy 1,200 bags from a suspect, 23-year-old German Pantoja.

Pantoja agreed to meet members of the task force in the parking lot in the rear of his home at 148 Pearl Street, according to a release sent to 22News from the district attorney’s office.

When the time came, Pantoja arrived to the deal with another man, Luis Ramos. Ramos remained in the car while Pantoja met with the undercover officers to complete the drug deal.

That’s when police arrested Pantoja. Ramos, however, escaped by continually ramming the undercover task force car.

The task force followed up by executing a search warrant at the Pearl Street residence and found an additional 1,150 bags of heroin. Inside, there were three women. One of them, 21-year-old Dayana Mojica, had a three-week old and six-year-old child in her custody. The DA’s office said the Department of Children and Families has been notified.

In all, the task force arrested or filed criminal complaints against the following individuals:

Arrested:

German Pantoja, 23

  • Distribution Class A substance
  • Trafficking in a Class A substance
  • Resisting arrest
  • Assault and battery on a police officer

Lizmarie Pantoja, 33

  • Trafficking in a Class A substance

Criminal complaints:

Carmen Vega, 41

  • Trafficking in a Class A substance

The district attorney’s office said criminal complaints are being sought against:

Dayana Mojica, 21

  • Trafficking in a Class A substance

Luis Ramos, 26

  • Trafficking in a Class A substance
  • Leaving the scene of property damage
  • Assault and battery with a deadly weapon (motor vehicle)
  • Driving to endanger
  • Marked Lanes Violation
  • Red Lens Violation
  • Failure to Submit
  • Attaching plates to a motor vehicle

 

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