Holyoke man arrested on drug, firearms charges in Northampton

  • A gun and drugs Northampton police confiscated in the arrest of a 24-year-old Holyoke man Saturday morning. NORTHAMPTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2022 7:08:38 PM
Modified: 1/16/2022 7:07:33 PM

NORTHAMPTON — City police arrested a 24-year-old Holyoke man early Saturday on drug and firearms charges after he fled from State Police on I-91 and was later found in Northampton.

State Police alerted Northampton police to a vehicle they had been pursuing that was last seen traveling south on Route 5. The NPD posted units in the Route 5 area and at around 2 a.m. a vehicle matching the description was sighted. Police said they tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver did not respond.

“Eventually the vehicle stopped on Lasell Avenue,” Northampton Police Lt. Greg Korepta said.

Korepta said the suspect fled on foot, but was found a short time later and arrested at 3:13 a.m. He said the suspect was cooperative and did not resist arrest.

A search of his car is alleged to have turned up a Glock 19 handgun, cocaine and heroin in packages, and ammunition.

The man, whose name has not been released by police, is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday and he was taken into custody on 13 charges: Trafficking a class A substance, trafficking a class B substance, carrying a loaded firearm without a license (3rd offense), possessing ammunition without an FID (subsequent offense), possessing a large capacity firearm in a vehicle, two counts of possessing a large-capacity feeding device, possessing a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony, failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unregistered operation of a motor vehicle, uninsured operation of a motor vehicle and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

“Excellent police work,” said Korepta, noting that a gun was taken off the streets.

The Hadley Police K-9 Unit also assisted in the incident.

All gun charges related to the Glock 19 found by police. Korepta said that the charge of trafficking a class A substance refers to heroin in this case, while the charge of trafficking a class B substance refers to cocaine. He said the class B charge requires more than 18 grams of cocaine.

“The actual amount is much higher than that,” Korepta said referring to what police allegedly found.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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