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Drug raids bring nine arrests in Northampton

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Those arrests come just over two days after Northampton Police and the Northwestern district attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force made five arrests on drug charges Friday night.

About 4 a.m. Monday, officers executed a search warrant at 260 Main St. Apt. 1E in Leeds, the residence of Luis F. Dellarosa, 37, and Norma Cardona, 54. Inside the apartment was Dellarosa’s girlfriend, Amanda Welch, 19, according to police.

Police said during the search, they recovered about 68 grams of cocaine, a bag of what appeared to be marijuana, $4,800 in cash, an electronic scale, multiple small plastic bags and drug paraphernalia including a residue-coated spoon and glass pipes,

All three were arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges of cocaine trafficking in Northampton District Court.

Welch and Cardona each had bail set at $500 cash or $5,000 surety. Dellarosa was ordered held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety, according to court records.

The trio is due back in court Aug. 15 for pre-trial hearings.

About two hours after that search began, officers executed a search warrant at 491 Bridge Road, Building 3, Apt. 31, the home of Maralinda Morales, 42.

A search of Morales’ home found 7.8 grams of cocaine about 6.5 grams of marijuana along with bags and other materials that indicated the drugs were being packaged for sale, according to court records.

Police also found a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun and a magazine loaded with six rounds of ammunition.

A background check of the weapon’s serial number revealed it was stolen from a Haydenvile home.

Morales pleaded not guilty in district court to charges of possession of a Class B drug (cocaine) with intent to distribute, possession of a Class D drug (marijuana) with the intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card and receiving stolen property valued over $250 (gun).

She was ordered held on $500 bail, according to court files.

Morales is also due back in court Aug. 15 for a pre-trial hearing.

A 15-year-old male was in the house at the time the warrant was executed, prompting the contacting of the Department of Children and Families, according to court files.

Earlier arrests

Five people, including two city residents arrested Friday night in Northampton, pleaded not guilty to heroin charges in district court Monday.

The Friday night arrests came after a search of an apartment by police and the DA’s task force.

Arrested were: John McKnight Jr., 49, of Springfield; Kelsey Lamar Cross, 33, of Waterbury, Conn.; Jorge Pablo Otero, 57, of 28C New South Street, Northampton; Regina Katherine Spafford, 21, of Chicopee; and Cheryl Fortin, 49, of 28C New South St., Northampton.

According to court records, Otero admitted that Cross was delivering $50 worth of crack cocaine that he had ordered for McKnight from Cross.

Police said bags with heroin residue, syringes loaded with heroin, a bag of crack cocaine, various smoking pipes and other drug paraphernalia were found as a result of the search, according to court records.

Otero was allegedly “shooting up” Spafford with heroin when police arrived.

All five pleaded not guilty to charges of being present where heroin is kept.

Cross faces additional charges of distribution of a Class B drug (crack cocaine) and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

McKnight and Otero face one additional charge each of possession of a Class B drug (crack cocaine).

Bail was set for Cross at $2,500 and $500 for McKnight. The remaining three defendants were released on their own recognizance.

All five are due back in court Aug. 29 for pre-trial hearings.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

Legacy Comments2

Se Jodio, Luis y Amanda, Poor Baby!!

It's about time! Drug dealers have had it easy in Northampton while the police worked on getting the "big time dealers". It's good to see them finally going after them.

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