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Holyoke pair arrested on drug charges; woman taken to hospital to remove bag of cocaine from inside her body

NORTHAMPTON — A Saturday traffic stop on Interstate 91 netted hundreds of bags of heroin and an ounce of cocaine from a pair of Holyoke residents.

Mirose Rodriguez, 21, had to be taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after the bag of cocaine she had hidden in her body became stuck and required medical attention for its removal, according to court records.

Police said a vehicle driven by Kivany Sanchez was pulled over for speeding near Exit 19 northbound about 3:50 p.m.

Rodriguez and Sanchez both gave false information to state police and a check of Sanchez’s record revealed past weapons and drug charges, prompting a request to search the vehicle.

According to court records, a drug-sniffing dog located drugs in the vehicle and indicated drugs had been near or on the passenger seat where Rodriguez had been sitting, although no drugs were found at that location.

Police said 499 bags of heroin were found in the vehicle and the pair was arrested.

During booking, it was revealed that Rodriguez was asked to hide a one-ounce bag of cocaine and did so by placing it in a body cavity. While at the police station she said she was feeling ill and was unable to remove the bag.

Rodriguez was taken to Cooley Dickinson, where the bag was removed, according to court records.

Rodriguez and Sanchez each pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to charges of possession of a Class A drug (heroin) with intent to distribute, cocaine trafficking and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Sanchez faces additional charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a left lane violation and speeding, according to court files.

Sanchez and Rodriguez were ordered held on $5,000 and $1,000 bail, respectively. They are due back in court Oct. 17.

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

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