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Easthampton police arrest Marcella Severance and Heather Martinez on drug charges, seize cocaine worth nearly $9,000

EASTHAMPTON — Police arrested two women on drug charges after a Friday afternoon search recovered cocaine valued at more than $9,000 from a Pleasant Street home.

Police arrested Marcella Severance, 54, of 175 Pleasant St., on a charge of cocaine trafficking between 28 and 100 grams, and Heather Martinez, 38, of 7 Berkeley St., on two charges of possession of a Class B drug (Percocet and suboxone) without a prescription.

Police said the Easthampton department worked with the Northwestern District Attorney’s office Anti-Crime Task Force for several months investigating a drug trafficking organization allegedly run by Severance.

The search warrant was executed at 12:22 p.m. and recovered more than 90 grams of pure cocaine with a street value of over $9,000, the prescription pills and “other drug-related paraphernalia,” according to police and the district attorney’s office.

Severance was held on $5,000 bail, and Martinez was expected to post $500 bail, according to a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. They are expected to be arraigned Monday in Northampton District Court.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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

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