Bail set at $7,500 for Holyoke man on drug, weapons charges

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By JAMES PENTLAND

Staff Writer

Published: 04-08-2024 11:15 AM

NORTHAMPTON — A Superior Court judge set bail at $7,500 for a Holyoke man charged with drug trafficking and weapons offenses at his arraignment March 27.

Judge Edward McDonough also ordered that Carlos Santiago Cosme, 29, submit to GPS monitoring, complete a nine-month residential treatment program offered by the Salvation Army, and live with a family member on completion of the program.

Assistant District Attorney Aidan Lanciani argued for bail of $25,000, which she said was the amount set previously at Santiago’s arraignment in Northampton District Court in December. He has been jailed since then.

The charges he faces include fentanyl trafficking and fentanyl distribution, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a large-capacity feeding device.

Lanciani told the court an undercover officer met up late last year in Easthampton with Santiago, who sold him 500 bags of fentanyl on one occasion, and more than 10 grams on a second occasion, which she said qualified him for a charge of trafficking.

When arrested, she said, Santiago had $9,000 in bundles on him and a loaded firearm in his car.

He faces seven felony counts, Lanciani told McDonough, as well as an open case of animal cruelty out of Holyoke District Court.

Defense attorney Colin Keefe requested bail of $2,000 to $3,000, saying that was the amount his family might be able to pay, and that the Salvation Army program was holding a bed for him.

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Keefe said Santiago has two small children and has been in a five-year relationship with their mother. He said the firearm was secured in his car at the time of his arrest, and he expected the animal cruelty charge against his client to be dismissed.

He also said Santiago had sought out the treatment program on his own initiative, and that it was “exactly what he needs.”

He argued that $25,000 was an “incredibly high” bail request.

In imposing bail, McDonough said he agreed that the charges were serious and said he was imposing the GPS condition to secure Santiago’s appearance in court.

A hearing was set for June 14. A status review conference originally set for Friday was canceled.

James Pentland can be reached at jpentland@gazettenet.com.