Easthampton man released on $25,000 bail for heroin, cocaine trafficking charges

  • Easthampton Police arrested William Grajalez-Rios Tuesday morning after finding $60,000-worth of heroin, cocaine, over $6,000 in cash and a stolen, loaded firearm in his home on Dartmouth Street. He was released on $25,000 bail in Northampton District Court Wednesday. Easthampton Police Department

Thursday, March 08, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was released on $25,000 bail Wednesday after denying charges that he allegedly had more than $60,000-worth of heroin and cocaine in his home, as well as a stolen firearm.

William Grajalez-Rios, 32, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to charges of trafficking heroin and cocaine, possession of a firearm in a felony, improper storage of a firearm, receiving more than $250 of stolen property, two counts of possession of ammunition without a Firearm ID card, and four counts of reckless endangerment of a child.

Easthampton police, members of the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force and the Massachusetts State Police executed a search warrant Tuesday around 8:30 a.m. at Grajalez-Rios’ home at 24 Dartmouth St., according to court documents. Police began monitoring the home about two hours before they went in to make sure the four children who lived there were gone from the residence before officers entered.

Some time after officers observed the children leaving the home, an officer knocked on the door. When no one answered, police forced themselves in through the front door around 8:35 a.m., according to court documents. Police first located Grajalez-Rios’ girlfriend walking down the stairs and then found Grajalez-Rios walking out of the kitchen’s pantry.

“Grajalez-Rios did not respond to officers’ verbal commands and was ultimately escorted to the ground,” Easthampton Police officer Luis Rivera wrote in court documents.

An officer was bitten as he attempted to secure two pit bulls that were in the home. The officer was wearing bite-resistant gloves and was not injured. The dogs were removed from the house and placed into crates in Northampton’s animal control van, according to Rivera’s report.

While searching the home, police seized 225 packages containing a total of 11,500 clear, vacuum-sealed bags of heroin; one bag containing about 18 grams of crack cocaine; one bag containing about 21 grams of cocaine powder; a digital scale with white power; an unsecured and loaded Llama .380 caliber handgun; and two magazines with seven rounds of .380 caliber ammunition in each magazine, according to court documents.

“The drugs and firearm were easy (sic) accessible to the children when in the residence,” Rivera wrote.

The majority of the heroin was found in a partially covered wall on the third floor. The children would have had to walk past this area to reach their bedrooms, according to court documents. Additional heroin and cocaine were located in a drawer in the pantry, the documents state. Police located the gun unsecured under a mattress. It was determined to be stolen in Springfield, the documents state.

When interviewed by Easthampton Police, Grajalez-Rios allegedly told officers that everything — all the drugs and the firearm — was his and that his girlfriend had no knowledge of any of it.

Grajalez-Rios was represented by attorney Lucy DeLaCour. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 6.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com.