12 arrested, $80K in heroin seized in Holyoke drug raids

DA believes they have dismantled major drug distribution ring

An estimated $80,000 in heroin was seized during the raids on 4/13 in Holyoke.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)  – With 12 arrests made and $80,000 in heroin seized, Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni says that local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies dismantled what they believe to be significant drug distribution ring in Holyoke Thursday morning.

At a news conference at the State Police barracks in Springfield late Thursday morning, Gulluni said that Holyoke police, along with state troopers, and agents from the DEA, FBI, and ATF conducted raids in the Chestnut Street and Elm Street area earlier in the day. He said that their searches turned up about 25,000 bags of heroin, carrying a street value of about $80,000. They also seized approximately $100,000 in cash and three luxury cars.

Twelve arrests were made as a result of the raids, and Gulluni said that more arrests would be coming in the case. The drug bust was the result of a months long investigation and cooperation between, local, state and federal authorities.

Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger didn’t mince words when it came to his feelings about drugs in the city. “You have people in this particular drug trafficking organization that are clearly profiting and feeding off people who can’t help themselves and have this addiction,” he said. “I mean look at these cars, you have a BMW, an AUDI and a Porsche.”

The names of the suspects have not yet been released. More information about the raids and the arrests is expected to be released later in the day Thursday.

20 identified as suspects following Holyoke narcotics raids