Northampton and Greenfield police make 1,500-bag heroin bust

  • Some of the 1,500 bags of heroin seized by Northampton Police Tuesday are displayed on a table. Photo courtesy of Northampton Police Department

Published: 12/14/2016 10:35:43 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Police said they seized 1,532 bags of heroin with a street value of roughly $8,000 off city streets Tuesday evening.

Northampton Detective Lt. Alan Borowski said Wednesday that members of the Northwestern District Attorney’s anti-crime task force were surveilling the area of Bridge Street near Pop’s Package Store around 8:20 p.m. when they observed what appeared to be a “hand-to-hand drug transaction,” involving a brown Toyota Camry. 

When officers approached the Camry, Borowski said they observed heroin on the ground nearby. That’s when Harold George Boyer, 47, began to scream expletives at authorities, police said.

In searching the car, officers said they found approximately 1,500 bags, as well as a small amount of cocaine valued at $270.

Police said they arrested Boyer, 47, of 491 Bridge Road, and charged him with heroin trafficking, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and disorderly conduct (a subsequent offense). He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges in Northampton District Court, and a judge imposed a bail of $10,000 cash.

Boyer was represented Wednesday by attorney Jon Heyman, who told Judge W. Michael Goggins that there may be reason to believe that the police’s search of the Camry was legally questionable.

He also said his client, who was born, grew up and lives in Easthampton with his fiance and their daughter, struggles with addiction and had recently relapsed.

“It’s one of the largest heroin seizures we’ve had in quite a while,” he said. “This is part of our departments’ commitment to target heroin dealers in our community.”

Staff writer Michael Majchrowicz contributed reporting. Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane

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