2 arrested, 460 ready-for-sale bags of heroin found in Holyoke

Both men are being charged with Drug possession with the intent to distribute

Santos, left; Rivera, right
Photos courtesy Hampden County District Attorney's Office
Santos, left; Rivera, right Photos courtesy Hampden County District Attorney's Office

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Police said they arrested two men and found 460 ready-for-sale bags of heroin after a weeks-long investigation of a suspected heroin dealer in Holyoke.

Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman James Leydon said 27-year-old Edwin Santos and 24-year-old Ramon Rivera were both arrested November 16 after the Honda they were driving struck an unmarked police car.

Leydon told 22News a warrant for Santos’ arrest was issued by Hampden County Superior Court back on November 3. Members of the District Attorney’s Hampden County Narcotics Task Force first tried to arrest Santos on the warrant on November 15, but said he ran from them into a waiting vehicle.

The next day, Leydon said officers were attempting to find Santos when they found a Honda matching the description of the vehicle that Santos had entered the previous night. As they pursued the vehicle, Santos tried to get away by hitting an unmarked police car. Police said he got out of the car and ran, leaving Rivera inside. Leydon said police were able to catch Santos and arrest him after a violent struggle. Police found the 460 bags of heroin in the Honda during the arrests.

Photo courtesy Hampden County District Attorney's Office
Photo courtesy Hampden County District Attorney’s Office

Santos was arraigned November 17 in Holyoke District Court. He was charged with:

  • Drug possession of a Class A substance
  • Drug possession with the intent to distribute
  • Assault with intent to maim
  • drug violation near a school or a park
  • Malicious destruction of property greater than $250
  • Operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license

Leydon said Santos’ bail has been set at $100,000 and that he remains in custody.

Rivera was scheduled to be in court on November 17 as well, but did not show up. Leydon said a warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is being charged with:

  • Drug possession of a Class A substance
  • Drug possession with the intent to distribute
  • Drug violation near a school or a park

“I would like to thank the members of the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force for their professional, thorough, and successful investigation leading to this arrest,” said Anthony Gulluni, Hampden County District Attorney. “We are focused on investigating, arresting, and aggressively prosecuting drug dealers and traffickers. It is they who profit from the scourge of addiction, which destroys lives, families, and communities.”

 

 

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