3 arrested in connection to major Hampden County drug bust

Three arrested, more than 3 lbs. of pure heroin seized

(Jonathan Grullon, Josue Figueroa, Jesus Figueroa) Photos courtesy Hampden DA

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a high-level heroin and cocaine trafficking operation in Hampden County.

The arrests of 24-year-old Josue Figueroa, of Holyoke, 27-year-old Jonathan Grullon, and 32-year-old Jesus Figueroa come after an extensive investigation by the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force, Massachusetts State Police and the DEA.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni told 22News that 30,000 ready-for-sale bags of heroin as well as 1.5 kilograms of raw heroin and 1.5 kilograms of cocaine were seized in addition to the arrests. All together, the estimated street value of the drugs would be $820,000.

Gulluni said Josue Figueroa was taken into custody at the Clarion Hotel in West Springfield on November 21. He was arrested after he was allegedly seen removing a suitcase from the trunk of a car before entering a hotel room there. When police approached Figueroa, he allegedly tried to get away, but was caught. It was a room key in Figueroa’s possession that led investigators to a room containing the suitcase and the 30,000 bags of heroin inside it.

“It’s an indication of the amount of demand in this county, and the profitability of taking in raw amounts of heroin, and then processing it here,” DA Gulluni told 22News. “Essentially controlling your supply and eliminating the middle man in some respects.”

Gulluni said this is the second drug bust this year, where a suspect has been accused of milling heroin.

Josue Figueroa was arraigned the next day on charges of trafficking heroin over 200 grams and resisting arrest. Gulluni said Figueroa had been previously arrested in June, when he was found to have had nearly 18,000 bags of heroin in his possession. He is now being held on $50,000 cash bail.

The investigation into the high-level drug trafficking operation continued, and members of the DEA and Hampden County Narcotics Task Force executed search warrants at two Agawam residences.

Grullon was arrested after police searched the residence at 63 Orlando Street on Monday. Gulluni said 1.5 kilograms, roughly 3.3 pounds, were seized from that address. Grullon has been charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams. His bail was set at $5,000 during his arraignment Tuesday.

At 11 Line Street, packaging materials police believed to be consistent with a large-scale trafficking operation were discovered. No one was arrested at the time of the search, but on Thursday, Jesus Figueroa, Josue’s brother, turned himself in. Gulluni told 22News Jesus Figueroa is suspected of running a heroin milling operation from the Line Street home.

“It appears he was responsible for the milling operation, which cut the raw heroin for retail sale, and directed the runners who would then distribute the heroin at the street level,” Gulluni said.

A package addressed to Jesus Figueroa was intercepted by USPS inspectors and contained 1.5 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a microwave.

Jesus Figueroa has been charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams.