Amherst police arrest Chicopee man on cocaine trafficking charge 


Staff Writer
Published: 12/14/2020 1:26:28 PM

AMHERST — A Chicopee man arrested in Amherst early Friday morning on a charge of trafficking cocaine was released on $2,000 personal surety following his arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court later that day, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Raul A. Ramos, Jr., 28, a passenger in a vehicle stopped on East Pleasant Street, was arrested at 12:30 a.m. on charges of trafficking cocaine, possession of a class B drug, LSD, possession of a class C drug, Alprazolam, and possession of a class C drug, Clonazepam, said Amherst Detective Lt. William Menard.

The driver, a 28-year-old South Hadley woman, is being summoned to court on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

Patrol officers and K9 Marvin searched the vehicle that uncovered the drugs. 

Ramos, who was held at Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction overnight, pleaded not guilty in court and was released with a condition of no use of drugs, with periodic screenings, until his next court appearance Feb. 12, said Mary Carey, spokeswoman for district attorney’s office. 

A prosecutor filed a motion to revoke bail for Ramos due to open cases in Holyoke, for assault and battery, and Chicopee, for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That motion was denied, Carey said.

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