Thousands of bags of heroin seized after Holyoke shootout

Police found 20 to 30 spent shell casings, and bullet holes in at least 5 vehicles on Dwight St.

Photos courtesy Hampden District Attorney's Office. Wilson Maldonado, Kiomaris Garcia, and John Castillo

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Police seized several thousand bags of heroin and arrested three suspects while investigating a shooting on Dwight Street Tuesday night.

Holyoke Police Lieutenant James Albert told 22News police received several calls about multiple shots fired in front of 1475 Dwight Street around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“It appears there was some sort of shootout,” Lt. Isaias Cruz told 22News.

Police found 20 to 30 spent shell casings of multiple calibers from multiple weapons on Dwight Street.  Lt. Albert said there were bullet holes in at least five vehicles.  The suspects fired a rifle as well as handguns, according to Albert.

Lt. Albert said Holyoke and State Police made a tactical entry in the apartment building.  “We went in heavy,” Lt. Albert said.

Police went into each of the building’s six apartments looking for suspects.  Lt. Albert said police discovered two significant drug operations in two of the apartments, where police found thousands of bags of heroin.

“It’s at least two thousand, and possibly as many as three thousand bags of heroin,” Lt. Albert told 22News.  Police also found a gun.

Police arrested 2 men and 1 woman.

  • 27 year-old Wilson Maldonado of Holyoke is charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.
  • 18 year-old John Castillo, also of Holyoke, was arrested on charges of trafficking 18-36 grams of heroin and multiple firearm charges. He is not being charged on firing his gun so far.
  • 18 year old Kiomaris Garcia of Springfield is being charged with trespassing.

They’ll be arraigned in Holyoke District Court Wednesday morning.

Lt. Albert said they had an “army of police officers and detectives” working this investigation.  State Trooper Paul Sullivan told 22News that State Police had sent a K-9 unit to assist in the search, and had dispatched their Crime Scene Services and Firearms Identification sections to assist Holyoke Police.

Lt. Cruz told 22News that a man was undergoing treatment at the hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist.  Lt Albert said that “the victim was not being very cooperative.”

A portion of Dwight Street was closed near Route 5 from about 7:15 p.m. until after 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.