Police raid Northampton apartment, seize over 200 bags of heroin


Staff Writer
Published: 6/5/2020 4:47:14 PM
Modified: 6/5/2020 4:47:02 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A city man answered in court to drug charges Thursday after police raided his apartment and discovered over 200 bags of heroin as part of an investigation into drug dealing downtown.

Brendan T. Cahillane, 41, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court via teleconference to charges of possession of a class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute, subsequent offense; possession of a class B substance (crystal methamphetamine), subsequent offense; and manufacturing a class C substance (THC). Cahillane was held on $5,000 cash bail by Judge Jacklyn Connly and was appointed an attorney from the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Police were granted a search warrant for Cahillane’s apartment at 206 Randolph Place Unit #206 as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Northampton Police Department and the Northwestern district attorney’s anti-crime task force into distribution of heroin in the downtown area, according to court documents. Northampton Police Detective Lt. Craig Kirouac would not comment on what led police to apply for a search warrant, citing the investigation. He said police found around 220 bags of heroin in total during the operation.

Members of the task force arrived to Cahillane’s home at 6:03 a.m. and entered the apartment by force when no one inside responded to police. No one was inside the apartment, but officers allegedly discovered what appeared to be a bundle of heroin in Cahillane’s room, according to police.

Northampton officers located Cahillane on Main Street, who identified himself to law enforcement. After being told his Miranda rights and that police had a search warrant for his home, Cahillane reportedly told officers they would find drugs in a container in his bedroom.

Authorities searching Cahillane’s apartment found 200 bags of what appeared to be heroin in a container and he was placed under arrest, police said. While he was being searched, officers allegedly found a tin container with suspected heroin and methamphetamine inside his pocket, as well as $774 in cash inside his wallet. 

Police also allegedly found “green vegetable matter” inside six butane hash oil glass extraction tubes, as well as other materials consistent with manufacturing hash oil, such as a butane torch, vacuum sealer and a dab in brown wax paper, according to court documents. A total of $9,557 in cash was also reportedly found in Cahillane’s bedroom dresser drawer.

After being booked at the Northampton police station, Cahillane was told his rights once again and was asked if he would speak to police. He instead requested a lawyer. He is due back in court on July 29.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.

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